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Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) Leader Therold Prudent has questioned whether the Saint Lucia government will withdraw its ambassador to Taiwan following the election victory of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Prudent recalls that the current administration was critical of the DPP in the past, and is therefore wondering, whether this will change now that the DPP has been elected to office in Taiwan, and whether there will now support the DPP’s policies.
“While I don’t expect that there will be any changes in diplomatic relations between Saint Lucia and Taiwan, we have a government that repudiated the DPP and use to applaud the fact that the former President of that party had been jailed,” Prudent stated.
The LPM leader also recalled when the former President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou visited Saint Lucia last year and was allowed to speak to a gathering here, the LPM asked that the government make a petition on his behalf, because of his partisan stands.
“You told us back in 2011 that you are going to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan because the former President that you liked and loved preferred the one-China policy which is what you adopted. What are you going to do in the next few days?,” he questioned.
The DPP, he stressed, does not recognise the so-called one-China policy and would prefer outright independence, which seems impossible at this time.
“However are you still you are going to accept their money…Are you concerned about money, money, money and not concerned about the image and integrity of our country?,” he added.
Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the opposition DPP in Taiwan, won the presidency with 56.1 percent of the vote, after eight years under the government of the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) or Nationalist Party.
Tsai’s DPP has traditionally leaned in favor of independence for the island from mainland China.
That could anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as an integral part of its territory that is to be taken by force if necessary. Beijing has missiles pointed at the island.
Taiwan’s freewheeling democracy stands in sharp contrast to China’s one-party state, and a cast of colorful candidates are contesting seats — they include an ex-convict, an alleged spy and the front man of Asia’s biggest death metal band.