(CMC) – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has defended Dominica’s decision to enter into diplomatic relations with China 14 years ago saying that the Caribbean island has benefitted significantly from that relationship.
Skerrit said that the “short and intense’ visit of the Chinese Naval Hospital ship, the “Peace Ark” underscores the “multifaceted development support provided by the government of the People’s Republic of China”.
He said the assistance could be seen in areas of agriculture, infrastructure, health and other critical areas.
He said Beijing would be constructing a multi-million dollar hospital at Goodwill on the outskirts of the capital describing it as ‘a modern monument to the friendship between the Dominican and Chinese people”.
He said the new hospital will be an essential element in the delivery “of top notch medical care in our country.
He said the buildings will be climate resilient with concrete roofs and storm proof windows.
Last weekend, Health Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux described the visit of the Navy Hospital Ship as a new milestone in the bilateral bond between the two countries.
He said the described relationship between the two countries as ‘mutually respectful relationship over the years’, noting that it has yielded tremendous assistance in the form of technical cooperation for medical services, provision of medical equipment, road networks, schools, bridges, stadiums, the construction of a new national hospital and most importantly assisting us in building capacity and development of our human resource”
In 2004, Dominica switched allegiance from Taiwan to China with Skerrit saying then that Dominica recognizes that the China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China and that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China’s territory.
He said his country would firmly abide by the one-China policy and actively develop friendly cooperative relations with China.