PRC makes an additional 10 scholarships available for students wishing to pursue studies in China
Dominica and China observed their 7th anniversary of diplomatic relations with a grand reception at the Chinese Embassy in Morne Daniel on Friday March 25th, 2011.
While addressing the ceremony which was attended by several government officials, the Chinese Ambassador His Excellency Wang Zonglai pledged his country’s commitment and dedication towards Dominica’s economic development, through the grant of ten additional scholarships for students wishing to pursue higher education in China, among several other initiatives.
This he says will bring the number of full scholarships granted to Dominicans to 100.
He says that there is absolutely no doubt that along the seven year journey they have enhanced cooperation in the areas of trade, culture, education, health and other areas which have already bore considerable fruits.
He says while most people think highly of the achievements of this bilateral relationship and are willing to commit to further nurturing the friendship, it is rather unfortunate that there are people who continue to harbor certain doubts due to the lack of information and misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Dominica Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit reaffirmed Dominica’s support for the ‘One China Policy.’ He made it clear that Dominica’s support is not driven by “any material benefit that they may have obtained from these relations but because of the consistent demonstration of interest and concern shown by the government of the Peoples Republic of China, in the welfare and well-being of Dominica.”
The ‘One China Policy’ states that the Peoples Republic of China is the only legitimate state called China.
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to salute the Chinese Ambassador for his demonstrative understanding and commitment towards Dominica’s social and economic development.
Some of the Chinese-funded projects are the symbolic Roseau to Portsmouth Road Rehabilitation Project and the Agriculture Economic and Technical Cooperation Project which is now entering its third phase, as well as the Dominica State College and the Dominica State House Projects which are expected to commence within the next two months.
Dominica established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China on March 23rd, 2004.