Below is a press statement in its entirety from the United Workers Party
The Opposition United Workers Party wishes to set the record straight by stating that the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Mr. David Y. L. Lin, never paid the customary “courtesy call” or meet “officially” with the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Stephenson King, during his recent visit here in Saint Lucia.
The Office of the Leader of the Opposition has indicated that it became aware; by way of media reports, that the Hon. David Lin, paid courtesy visits on Her Excellency the Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy; the Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony; and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Alva Baptiste, which is custom protocol. However, it is our understanding that the Hon. David Lin also met with the President of the Senate, Claudius Francis and the House Speaker, Peter Foster Q.C. but not Hon. Stephenson King.
The closest the Leader of the Opposition was able to get to the Foreign Minister, was at a dinner; hosted by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony in honour of Mr. Lin, which the Leader of the Opposition graciously attended, as a mark of respect to the foreign dignitary on the evening of Thursday 31st January, 2013. Several other government officials also attended the dinner. Therefore, in Mr. King’s official capacity, as the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, he was never allowed the opportunity of a courtesy call by the Hon. David Lin.
The Leader of the Opposition is unaware of any incidents or positions taken by him, which would lead Ministry Officials to have him taken off the protocol list. Infact Mr. King has not displayed any actions or expressed any sentiments similar to that of his predecessor, Dr. Kenny Anthony, who refused to meet with any Taiwanese Foreign officials during his tenure as Leader of the Opposition between 2006 and 2011.
The Leader of the Opposition stated categorically that he harbors no ill feelings whatsoever towards; neither the Government nor people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and he is always willing and able to meet with officials, and remains steadfast in his support for that country, which diplomatic ties were restored with, under the last UWP-Administration in 2007.
The United Workers Party remains puzzled as to this turn of events, and would wish for the relevant authorities to explain this diplomatic blunder!