KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) – It is clear that the Taiwan/China issue will be put to the people as an important matter during the 2020 elections campaign.
Since the NDP announced its intention to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the Unity Labour Party’s leadership and several candidates have kept the issue on the front burner.
Last weekend while speaking at a West Kingstown political event, newcomer Dr Orando Brewster emphasised this point as he rallied the party faithful to elect Senator Deborah Charles.
Dr Brewster spoke about the relationship with Taiwan likening it to a strong friendship.
“Taiwan has been with us through thick and thin and the other side is saying they want to move to China. Like I say, ungratefulness is worse than witchcraft,” the Central Leeward candidate said.
He also spoke about the ULP being a party of young people using his self an example to strengthen the argument.
“Just by this young man being able to be on a ticket and offer himself as a candidate, not for any party, but for an exceptional party. A party which has the youths at heart. That alone should tell you that the Unity Labour Party is interested in the empowerment and development of youths in this nation”.
“ULP made youths the centre of its campaign. When the party was elected, it did not stay there, it went to the great countries of this world to seek avenues to empower and develop the youths of this nation. They started with education, seeking scholarship opportunities”.
Dr Brewster is adamant that his party would not cut ties with Taiwan due to the strength of the relationship. He warned however, “anytime you see a man is flip flopping, watch yourself with that kind of man”.
The New Democratic Party under Arnhim Eustace held a press conference outlining the position of the party to change its allegiance from Taipei to Beijing. On taking over the leadership of the party, Dr Godwin Friday said he intends to follow through on this decision.
However, there is a visible noncommittal stance on the matter with the party now saying it will revisit the issue when they take government.