(SNO) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has congratulated the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen on her re-election into office.
She was victorious at the polls on Saturday.
In his congratulatory message, Chastanet said Saint Lucia is thankful for assistance from Taiwan.
“As a country, we remain extremely grateful for the many projects and vast assistance which Taiwan provides to Saint Lucia and I look forward to the continued strengthening of cooperation and relations between our two countries during your new term,” he said.
But not everybody is celebrating Tsai’s win, whose victory is widely seen as a blow and rebuke to China, which has been intensifying efforts to bring the island under its control. China describes Taiwan as a renegade province.
Saint Lucia does not have diplomatic relations with China.
Several countries, including the United States, Japan and Britain, have congratulated Tsai on her victory.
This has drawn the ire of China which has condemned such move.
On Sunday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang urged the international community to continue adhering to the “One-China principle”.
“We hope and believe that … [they will] understand and support the just cause of Chinese people to oppose the secessionist activities for ‘Taiwan independence’ and realise national reunification,” he said.