Roosevelt firm in commitment for China

Roseau, Dominica, December 29, 2006 – Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has sought to put to rest questions about whether Dominica would re-establish diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

“This Government is very sincere in its support of the One-China policy. This Government does not pretend in public and in private say something else. We are true to our word, we are sincere to our word and we shall stick to our word,”  he assured incoming Chinese Ambassador Deng Boqing during a reception held in his honour.

The “word” from the prime minister is that his Government has “no interest, or no intention or no thoughts, no aspiration to seek to play the Two-China game”.

The reception was attended by over 200 invited guests which included members of the Opposition United Workers Party. The government’s commitment to the One-China policy comes at a time when there is speculation that the present leader of the United Workers Party, Hon. Earl Williams visited Taipei at least once since the May 2005 General Elections.

Dominica broke ties with Taiwan in 2004 and established diplomatic relations with China which opened an embassy in Roseau the same year.

The Republic of China (ROC) is a state in East Asia. It governed all of China before it lost control of the mainland to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a result of the Chinese Civil War which ended in 1949, and since then its administration has been restricted to the island groups of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, Dongsha and Taiping. Since the late 1970s, when PRC replaced ROC for the seat of China in the United Nations, the name “China” has been increasingly used to refer to the People’s Republic of China, and over the subsequent decades, the Republic of China has been commonly referred to as “Taiwan”.