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Premier Smith doubles down; hosts Chinese Ambassador to UK

- Hosts the Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming for meetings including on the Airport runway extension project & loan from Chinese Bank
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left) is hosting the Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming (right) for meetings, including on the Airport runway extension project and loan from Chinese bank. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith seems resolute in giving the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport runway extension project to a foreign company, China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC). Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith seems resolute in giving the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport runway extension project to a foreign company, China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC). Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many critics for years have claimed that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith is sleeping, a weak leader, soft and only does as he is told, it appears that lately he is becoming more and more assertive.

It remains unclear who is pushing the Premier but he stood his grounds on firing the Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Board, John I. Cline.

There were many calls from strong National Democratic Party (NDP) supporters, Cabinet Members and Backbenchers to give Mr Cline a chance with "conditions" but in the end Dr Smith demanded he had to go.

It appears too that Premier Smith is also standing up to the NDP critics of the deal to have the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport runway extension project awarded to a foreign company, China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), while snubbing the company ADC, which, has a local partner and interest.

However, Premier Smith is moving full speed ahead with the Chinese state owned CCCC, who was cited by the World Bank for corruption and fraudulent practices on many of its projects worldwide.

Chinese representative on the ground already

Today, January 10, 2017 Premier Smith hosted the Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Liu Xiaoming.

According to senior government sources, one of the topics included cementing the awarding of the runway extension contract to CCCC and helping to allegedly facilitate the $150M loan from a Chinese bank to fund the project.

The meeting was not open to the press or did the secretive NDP administration alert the press on the visit of the high ranking official.

It’s unclear how long the Chinese Ambassador H. E. Xiaoming will be in the British Overseas Territory and his agenda while here.

Trouble in the Camp over project

The Smith Administration continues to be divided over the airport project and the awarding of the contract to the company owned by the People’s Republic of China.

It has caused much division of the Government, with two rebel Ministers- Hons Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and Ronnie W. Skelton (AL)- not supporting the deal in Cabinet.

It’s our understanding that up to three backbenchers have expressed serious objections about supporting the loan funding for the project; however, it’s left to be seen if they have the courage to go public and vote against it in the House of Assembly.

29 Responses to “Premier Smith doubles down; hosts Chinese Ambassador to UK”

  • Newlife (10/01/2017, 19:11) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP must go for NEXT election!!!
  • Ground Work. (10/01/2017, 19:20) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    That move tells us that independence is around the corner. We Will need China when that happens..
  • Alvin Chris (10/01/2017, 19:24) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    the invaders are coming
  • Fortune cookie (10/01/2017, 19:32) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    dat wasnt chicken
  • Lord have mercy (10/01/2017, 19:37) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    BVI wake up, Mr. Smith in his poor judgement is selling the island to China!
    The World Bank has flagged the Chinese company for fraud and corruption, and Smith is still forging a relationship with them!
    The Chinese are smart people, BVI will not win with them. Smith will sign the BVI as collateral, if the loan is not paid, BVI will be owned by China.
    Why are the ministers against this deal not standing up. Come on love the country, ministers do something correct for once... stand up for the BVIs. Publicly oppose this contract. Mr. Smith has turned communist, holding secretive meetings, and going against the will if the people.
    Lord have Mercy!!!!!
    • lmao (10/01/2017, 22:35) Like (12) Dislike (17) Reply
      The World Bank calling others corrupt? Ha! Please!

      And stop the sensationalist bullshit. The Premier cannot put up the BVI as collateral for any loan, just rubbish! Borrowing is scrutinized by the UK because they are on the hook if we dont pay. China and UK have good relationships and if you read carefully he is meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK. Show me how smaller nations are benefitting from the World Bank financing and schemes.
  • just asking.. (10/01/2017, 20:12) Like (24) Dislike (17) Reply
    Why some of you hate the chinese and love the white countries like the usa
    • usa (11/01/2017, 00:57) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      USA is not a White Country, USA is made up of different nationalities.
      • ? (12/01/2017, 14:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        USA is a White country in practice and now that Trump is beginning to complete the goal of making America great again, it will be spotlessly White.
    • @just asking (11/01/2017, 02:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      To add to your Wisdom..England and Israel
  • See (10/01/2017, 22:15) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    That sound you hear is laughter in Chinese
    • Doctors Party.. (11/01/2017, 02:10) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
      This is the Doctors Party.. They been fighting for us from so long while the other were no where around.. We are sick and the Doctors know what's best for us....We need to shut up and take our medicine. We will feel better soon...I trust my Doctors to take care Me..
  • ta ta (10/01/2017, 22:39) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Let them come we need cheap labour
  • What has America done 4 us? (11/01/2017, 00:24) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    People are so Fxxn Blind and one track minded with no wisdom... All American is doing is taking bread from our Table. What has America done? Impose restrictions, Investigate our wealth, putting us on the blackest and baddest list they can find.... China is U S biggest competitor in the world. Just like any thing else one always try to undermine and bad mouth their competition to get that Edge. While America is trying to shut us down China is trying to open us up. So who is more important to our future? One more thing... America Control the World bank. When your Enemy spoke bad of you, it's expected..
  • @what has Americ Done 4 us (11/01/2017, 00:31) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    U missed something.. England.. Mother Land. What has they done for us. They are no better than America.
  • I FRM HERE (11/01/2017, 02:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    poor locals no room in the inn
  • what a mess (11/01/2017, 07:30) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    dr smith need to be removed from that post immediately before we all go down. where is every that have the will to stand up. let us all come together and do something before it is too late
  • TALK THAT (11/01/2017, 08:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The voters will deal with the ndp
  • Concerned (11/01/2017, 09:44) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some one ( and I think that is either the Governor or the other ministers getting together - neither of which will happen) has to stop this nonsense by the Premier!! I notice that Dr. Pickering (who has the portfolio) has taken a back seat and is very quiet. Come on Deputy Premier, listen to the people and get the Chinese out of this NOW!!
    • Hmmmmm (11/01/2017, 14:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      same thing i say Picko quiet and no where to be found but i guess because he is getting his way
  • Breezy (11/01/2017, 14:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just Google, China Communications Construction Company fraud. Take your pick !
  • who don't hear will feel (11/01/2017, 20:20) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Chinese would not be investing in our Financial Services if they were not benefiting enormously. If ever that opportunity goes, they gone just as fast.

    Investing from afar and actually being in the territory – is two different experiences all together.

    Talking from experience.

    The Chinese is all about building China and nothing to do about the countries they invest in.

    Their strategy is and have always been about getting a foot-hold into any Country who is willing to entertain them and then Control – Their Government and Their Economy.

    It’s everything to do with their IDEOLOGY.

    Follow their History. They Never Integrate, and once they properly set-up their Banks, they move rapidly to strengthen their foothold.

    Who don’t hear will feel. Except, in this case, it will be our descendants.

    The NDP is leading us like LAMBS to the slaughter.
  • seen (11/01/2017, 20:40) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Instead of putting all these money into the air port why not invest some of that money in to our school I been to Althea scatliffe primary school an there is no good table for the kids to eat my son when to school with is lunch an it fall down off the table because the table is not good where is our tax money goin Mr government we calling up on u to invest money into our education an leave the air port alone it look like I have to go an by a table for my son for he to be comfortable in school
  • LOL (12/01/2017, 08:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "It remains unclear who is pushing the Premier..."? Lol lawdy
  • WTF (13/01/2017, 19:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What the hell is wrong with Orlando,? He seems to be hell bent on destroying Nature's Little Secrets. Maybe he is caged up in the flea house, so his brain is not working. Actually I feel sorry for Dr. Smith, because something has to be wrong, other than greed and the need for power. Let's show him some sympathy, while we probably lobby for him to step. It appears that he is unstable and not qualified mentally to run the country.


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