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. China is likely to have been promoting a drive to remove the British Queen as head of state in Barbados, assumed Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, claiming that Beijing had scrambled to undermine London’s status as a key partner of the Caribbean British Commonwealth nation, 100 miles east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I THINK SO). Chinese investment in the Caribbean and more generally Latin America is just part of a wider global story. Barbados has turned to China to finance the renovation of a hotel that once exemplified the island’s refined style but has now become a cautionary tale about the fickle winds of the global economy. The comments below have not been moderated. Some islands seem to be close to swapping a symbolic Queen in Windsor for a real and demanding emperor in Beijing.”. Noem & PETA exchange blows on Twitter over video of her shooting birds, Dallas lawmakers approve $7mn cut to police overtime budget despite ‘violent crime uptick’ & mayor’s protest, ‘It didn’t work’: Much-hyped US-made Javelin missile FAILS during Ukrainian military drill attended by President Zelensky, Revealed: The real US election interferers who are paying off people to vote for Joe Biden, Hypocritical EU member states against migrant quotas should halt their military adventurism. In 1627, 80 Englishmen aboard the William and John landed on the Caribbean island and founded Jamestown (close to today's Holetown), in the name of King James I. For some Britons having their Queen as head of state in foreign nations may provide some nostalgia of former global glory. Not Barbados in particular?

In 2005, China rewarded the island of Grenada, which has an annual GDP of just $1.8 billion, with a brand new $55 million cricket stadium after it cut relations with Taiwan. Change ). Chinese pressure is fuelling a drive to remove the Queen as head of state in Barbados, a Tory MP has claimed. I don’t know if it’s even legal to bill after 2 1/2 years! Barbados, meanwhile,  has received at least $490 million, mostly as investment in the tourism sector, but is also thought to be benefiting from private deals. ( Log Out /  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 For a detailed description of the technologies, please see the Cookie and Automatic Logging Policy. Barbados signed a defense agreement with Beijing back in 2006.

Originally built with British assistance in the 1970s, seven of the 11 contracts that are now bidding for the rebuilding job are Chinese.

‘Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.’, Asked to comment on the Commonwealth country’s plans a palace spokesman said: ‘This is a matter for the government and people of Barbados.’. 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. If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at: privacy@sputniknews.com. This can be interpreted as part of a narrative war. Since then the British monarch remained as a symbolic head of state, similar to other nations such as Australia and Canada. And Barbados is just a small part of the Caribbean chapter. Required fields are marked *, Question. Nothing. Barbados gained independence from Britain in 1966. 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. China has poured billions of dollars of investment into the Caribbean in recent years while signing tax and trade deals in an attempt to wrest the region out of the West’s sphere of influence and bring it under the sway of Beijing. Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion ‘coronavirus fund’ into more military-industrial pork – but what did Congress expect? Charles Parton, a fellow at the institute and former diplomat, said Chinese investment tended to entail influence. “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.”. Queen Elizabeth II holds an private audience with the Governor-General of Barbados Sir Elliott and his wife Lady Belgrave, at Buckingham Palace. The Chinese government has invested at least $7billion in six Caribbean nations since 2005, records show - building roads, ports and the five-star Baha Mar casino and resort in the Bahamas - … The Crown in parliament after all is simply a recognition that the people are sovereign,” he said. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The loans also provide long-term leverage for Beijing over the cash-strapped island nations.

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