Furious BA and easyJet customers trying to rebook breaks... China blamed for Barbados ditching Queen | News | The Times. Share this story! This is part of China’s global economic development plans known as the Belt and Road Initiative or “New Silk Road” which have already galvanized vast swathes of Asia and Africa. Mr Tugendhat spoke out after Dame Sandra Mason, the Barbados governor-general, announced last week that the island would cast off the Queen as its ceremonial head. The country has established beneficial tax deals with Beijing in recent years in an attempt to make itself a hub for Chinese financial firms looking to invest in South America. Since then, the Barbadian Parliament has remained a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, which is modeled on the British Westminster system of government. 'Today we're seeing it in the Caribbean. The country gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch. Users can initiate the recovery of their account / unlock access by contacting the moderators at moderator@sputniknews.com. You can restore your account within 30 days by following the link sent to the e-mail address you entered during registration. More recently, a Chinese firm took full control of Jamaica Kingston Freeport in April this year, the island's largest container port and one of the largest in the Caribbean. If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at: privacy@sputniknews.com. Beijing has invested in agriculture projects on the island and Barbados has set up an outpost of Invest Barbados, its industrial promoter, in the Chinese capital, according to reports. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Post limit reached. To improve the performance of our website, show the most relevant news products and targeted advertising, we collect technical impersonal information about you, including through the tools of our partners. https://menafn.com/1100854234/Caribbean-wouldnt-tolerate-external-interference-on-Republic-status, Your email address will not be published. For instance, China recently donated technology equipment including laptops and tablets to the island nation, and in 2017 it gave teaching equipment to a number of local schools, according to the news website Barbados Today. 'This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Politicians like Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat have since followed up with claims that China is putting undue pressure on Barbados to snub Britain. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion ‘coronavirus fund’ into more military-industrial pork – but what did Congress expect? Nothing. I don’t know if it’s even legal to bill after 2 1/2 years! A Number 10 spokesman said: 'We obviously have a shared history and remain united with Barbados in terms of history, culture and language, and we will continue to have and enjoy a partnership with them as members of the Commonwealth.'. ‘Today we’re seeing it in the Caribbean. CIA intelligence about Chinese activities in Barbados has been shared with Britain, a source told The Times. In the past, China has been particularly generous with nations that have agreed to cut relations with Taiwan — a country in the East China Sea which Beijing claims as a province — and establish ties with Bejing instead. Tugendhat shared his concerns during a digitally streamed webinar in collaboration with the Royal United Services Institute. Some islands seem to be close to swapping a symbolic Queen in Windsor for a real and demanding emperor in Beijing.'. While most labourers return to China once the work is completed, some have stayed behind - establishing businesses, particularly in retail, which often out-compete locals, furthering the resentment. Please review our Privacy Policy. Besides the Freeport Container site, China has invested billions building up the Bahamas’ tourism sector. He went on recount how the island’s “British partner has long faced challenges from rivals” seeking to break down the historic alliance, explaining: “Today we’re seeing it in the Caribbean. That’s the shocking claim of a conservative member of the UK Parliament who said that a Chinese investment of $490 million in Bridgetown’s tourism infrastructure forced the Barbadian leader’s hand in the matter this month. Chinese pressure is fuelling a drive to remove the Queen as head of state in Barbados, a Tory MP has claimed.Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said yesterday that Beijing had On 28th August 1833, the British Government passed the Slavery Abolition Act, and slaves across the British empire were granted emancipation. Tesla app outage LOCKS drivers out of cars, as carmaker sues Trump administration over China tariffs, ‘Are you bonkers or just cruel?’ South Dakota Gov. Also last year, Barbados signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China, making it part of the country’s Belt and Road initiative – otherwise known as the new Silk Road. In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored. The former Caribbean colony simply can’t assert its independence from Britain; there must be a sinister explanation, so the backward reasoning goes. Relations between Barbados and China have deepened in recent years. We are passionate about our community so we have decided to share it with you. Article by CMC . British analysts argue that the initiative is used in part to help Beijing win votes in international forums such as the United Nations, as well as encourage states to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan and switch allegiance to China. Meanwhile, CIA intelligence in the U.S. about Chinese activities in Barbados has now reportedly been shared with Britain. “This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” Mason  said, outlining the further move: Asked to comment on the Commonwealth country's plans, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “This is a matter for the government and people of Barbados.”. In 2005, China rewarded Grenada, which has an annual GDP of just $1.8billion, with a brand new $55million cricket stadium after it cut relations with Taiwan. Barbados took another step towards independence from the UK in 2003 when it replaced the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice, located in Trinidad and Tobago's Port of Spain, as its final appeals court. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It is the third time there has been talk in the nation about ditching the Queen in less than 20 years and analysts believe there should be political momentum behind the proposal. Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur promoted the idea of a referendum on becoming a republic in 2005, however the vote was called off due to concerns raised by the Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Chris Bennett, managing director of The Caribbean Council, a London-based trade organisation, told Mail Online: 'Over the last 15 years, China has steadily acquired control of strategic assets necessary for its trading interests across the wider region. The country became fully independent on November 30, 1966, during a time when the country's economy was expanding and diversifying. A Chinese investment seeks to help Barbados restore the grandeur of Sam Lord's Castle, once one of the island's premier properties. China has also invested heavily in Cuba, helping to modernize the country's second-largest port - Santiago de Cuba - with a new shipping terminal opening in 2019. China’s relationship with Barbados appears to have deepened in recent years. But not all Caribbean voices agreed with Tugendhat. (DAILY MAIL). Thousands of West African slaves were shipped across the Atlantic to work the plantations and workers suffered from low wages and minimal social services. Barbados is a member of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative — its attempt to establish a new Silk Road by investing in infrastructure in strategic land and maritime locations. What exactly China is doing in Barbados that is supposed to be malign is not specified. Barbados gained independence from Britain in 1966. In recent years it is Russia that has more commonly been accused of sowing dissent, fomenting existing divisions and stirring up separatist movements in western societies. However, the true scale of Chinese investment in the region – which can often be opaque and funneled through private companies – is thought to be much higher. Doesn't Wapa have insurance for disasters.Wow can't anyone in the US government see that Puerto Rico and the Virgin islands can't self govern. If their rivals met their terms, competition would win out.”, The Chinese controversy comes just eight days after Barbados’ governor-general, Dame Sandra Mason, announced the island will no longer honor the Queen as its symbolic head, saying: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”. In recent years a growing number of British nationals have been relocating to Barbados to live, with polls showing that British nationals make up 75–85 per cent of the Barbados second home market. Photo by Trevor Williams. Barbados took another step towards independence from the UK in 2003 when it replaced the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice, located in Trinidad and Tobago’s Port of Spain, as its final appeals court. UK govt advised ‘gender’ should be added to ‘protected characteristics’ under hate crime laws, Drugs cop in western Russia busted for growing marijuana at home & planting it on innocent citizen to boost his arrest numbers. 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A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted the Caribbean island nation’s first premier Errol Barrow’s warning against ‘loitering on colonial premises’. Required fields are marked *, Question. More recently, a Chinese firm took full control of Jamaica Kingston Freeport in April this year, the island’s largest container port and one of the largest in the Caribbean. “China has been using infrastructure investment and debt diplomacy as a means of control for a while and it’s coming closer to home for us,” he told The London Times. Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. It’s called fair dues. Barbados signed on to China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative in 2019, opening up trade between the two countries. Chinese pressure is fuelling a drive to remove the Queen as head of state in Barbados, a Tory MP has claimed. “It’s interesting because of course the UK is really not a monarchy, we’re a republic pretending to be a monarchy. Your account has been deleted! 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