KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) – East St. George incumbent Camillo Gonsalves was in full attack mode last weekend as he defended his party’s stewardship of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
He told listeners that they were safer with labour differentiating the party on foreign policy. The two major political parties have sparred recently on Taiwan which they had been united on for a very long time.
“Why would we cut ties with a country that has done everything we have ever asked it to do? We ask them to help with education, they say they will help you, we ask them for help with agriculture, they say they will help you, we ask them for help with learning resource centres and libraries, they said we would help you?”
“We ask them for help building the Argyle International Airport, they said we would help you; we ask them for help building roads and bridges, they say we will help you. Why would we cut that off?”
He lauded Taiwan for providing scholarships for doctors, engineers, and technical personnel in the automobile and air-conditioning fields.
He then questioned the NDP reasoning for seeking to end the close relationship with a long time friend who had not done anything wrong. Speaking to a sympathetic audience, the Minister of Finance likened the relationship to two close friends.
He sent a larger message to the public to consider their own friendships. “Why would we sell out our friends for 30 pieces of silver, or abandon a relationship that has worked for us and then pretend it never existed?”
“If you do that, it does not say anything about the friend, it says more about you that you are willing to sell out your friend for 30 pieces of silver”.
The former ambassador also said that adopting the ‘One China policy’ would cause St. Vincent and the Grenadines to look ‘bad minded’. The policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government.
He said the relationship was established and supported by the previous labour and NDP governments. “We have stood up to the world and say we recognise Taiwan and that Taiwan is a country that has a right to exist with its 23 million people and we are proud of them.”
“China says if you want to become our friend, you have to tell the world Taiwan does not exist, is not a country, its nothing. Why would we do that?”
He end on the point on which he started that they were safer with labour.