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MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, a vice-president of the New Democratic Party. (File photo)
MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, a vice-president of the New Democratic Party. (File photo)
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The Unity Labour Party (ULP) government, despite its claims of principled support for Taiwan, hides Taiwanese diplomats when it hosts countries do not regard Taipei as independent of China.

This is the observation of MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, a vice president of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).

Leacock made the observation as he responded to a comment by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves who said that the loans totally EC$577 million that Kingstown owe Taipei “put a hook in the gill of anybody” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who wants to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

“… it’s insulting to say that you want to demit office and leave the hands of the New Democratic Party tied and that through a foreign policy initiative, we will have to leave we mouth in we mooma (mother),” Leacock said on his party’s “New Times” programme on NICE Radio.

 He said he has more to say on the topic and would “show in a very detailed way the inconsistency, the immorality, the indecency” of the ULP government’s political argument.

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“Because they love Taiwan so much that they are the first ones will pull Taiwan out of the line when a foreign delegation coming here from India. They must not be seen. You hide them when a Cuban delegation is coming here because the two shall not meet,” Leacock said.

“Because that’s your ideological navel string to a backward anachronistic policy that’s getting St. Vincent nowhere. We’re not going to become the little Cuba of the eastern Caribbean. That’s what you want,” he further said.

“But you can’t pay for your ideology so you hold out to that in your right hand and in the left hand you want Taiwan to fund your retarded, autocratic, dictatorial selfishness.”

Taiwan loan signing
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, left, and Taiwan Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Peter Sha-Li Lan hold the signed loan agreements in Kingstown on April 6, 2023.

In 2016, the NDP, then under the leadership of Arnhim Eustace, announced that it no longer recognises Taiwan as a country separate from China.

China and Taiwan split in 1949 amidst civil war and Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province and has not ruled out the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its governance.

Current leader of the NDP, Godwin Friday, who is also Leader of the Opposition has continued with the One China policy since taking over the reins of the party in 2017.

However, senior party officials including Leacock and party chairman Daniel Cummings, have made public comments that suggest that the NDP may be reconsidering its pro-China stance.

Gonsalves, on the other hand, had been a strong critic of SVG-Taiwan ties before coming to office in 2001.

However, his government has maintained the relationship and defends them as based on principle.

Kingstown and Taipei established diplomatic relations in 1981 and have maintained them unbroken since then, remaining one of the 13 countries that consider Taiwan to be a country independent of China.

2 replies on “Gov’t hides Taiwan when ULP’s ideological friends visit — Leacock”

  1. Leackock the point is St Vincent cannot brake reationship with Taiwan without dire ecnomic consequences.This is the way it was designed when the decison was made to be highy indebted to Taiwan. China will never come to our aid to repay what it owes to Taiwan. Rightful thinking people will look at the relationship and say to themselves that we are better off with Taiwan than China from a principled position.My obervation is that the NDP is playing a game of hop scotch with the issue of Taiwan.

  2. Jose, I agree with your observation. Vincentians can visit Taiwan, but will never be allowed in China. This is something Leacock should consider. One reason why Arnhim never won a majority was his statement about favouring China.
    I have noticed for several years that money flow in to SVG for several countries just before SVG elections. This to ensure Ralph stays in power because SVG supports Taiwan.
    Other nations don’t want to come out openly and support Taiwan because they are afraid of China. I am sure the IMF offered funds to SVG some election ago

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