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Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Concerned About Bahamas Hotel Sale to Chinese

british_colonialNASSAU, Bahamas — The sale of the iconic British Colonial hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, to the Chinese should be a cause for concern, said former minister of foreign affairs Brent Symonette.

Symonette said it is worrisome that both the Hilton hotel and Baha Mar are in the hands of a single entity.

On Friday, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) signed a contract to purchase the hotel and the vacant property to its west.

Also, as a part of the Baha Mar deal, the Export-Import Bank of China lent Baha Mar’s principals $2.45 billion.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation is an equity partner with Baha Mar, and it is also the lead contractor for the resort.

“It is potentially dangerous that you have a large sector of our major industry being controlled by one group,” Symonette said. He also asked what happened to the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) campaign slogan, “Bahamians first.”

Symonette said this does not fall in line with the rhetoric that got the PLP elected.

The Chinese have also agreed to join in partnership with the government and other stakeholders along Bay Street to implement a plan for its redevelopment, extending from Arawak Cay to Potter’s Cay.

The new luxury hotel to be built by the Chinese will create 250 construction jobs, 500 permanent jobs for Bahamians and an additional 500 jobs in the amenities and commercial components, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

Shadow minister of finance Peter Turnquest and Free National Movement (FNM) chairman Darron Cash also raised concerns about the sale of the British Colonial. Speaking with The Tribune, Turnquest and Cash expressed concern over the Chinese’s proposed redevelopment of Downtown Nassau.

PLP chairman Bradley Roberts accused the two of promoting ignorance and hysteria.

“I remind all and sundry that it was none other than the FNM government who established diplomatic ties with China after strenuously opposing the establishment of diplomatic ties between The Bahamas and Taiwan by the Pindling government,” he said.

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  1. Brad Lee says:

    In The Actions Taken By The British And Chinese Governments Should Be Proof Enough That What I Have Been Attempting To Share With Us For Over Forty Five (45) Years Is The Universal TRUTH Concerning Our Oppressors Who Continually Look Upon Us As A People Who Are Lacking In The Knowledge Of Ourselves!
    Don't We Know That The British Government Still Controls And Enslave South Africa Despite The Fact That Our Brother Nelson Mandela, A Political Prisoner For Over Twenty Seven (27) Years Became President Of The Country!?
    And That The Chinese Government Uses African People As Slaves To Help Build Their RailRoads!?
    Can't We, Don't We See And Know That These Two Countries Are A Part Of Our Oppressors's State Of Mind!?
    Their State Of Mind Continues To Implement Systematic White Supremacy Throughout The Mindset Of Our People!
    As I Have Shared Before And Will Continue To Share With Us, It Is So Very Important For The Black Man Throughout The World To Come Into The Knowledge Of Self And The GOD Who Created All Things Seen And Unseen!
    NOT THE GOD OF OUR OPPRESSORS!!!
    For, We See That For Over Four Hundred And Fifty Years (450), Their GOD Has Not Saved Us Yet!
    WE MUST SAVE OURSELVES!!!
    In The Book Of Life, In Which They Have Stolen And Manipulated With A Translated Version It Tells Us "GET OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE DON'T BE PARTAKERS OF HER SINS FOR HER SINS HAVE REACHED THE DEPTH OF HEAVEN!"
    Get Out Of The Ways Of Our Oppressors!
    Stop Celebrating Their Holidays!
    Stop Being A Partaker Of Their Traditions!
    Notice, How They Commercialize Their Priorities!
    That Means That They Makes Money Off Of Your Suffering!
    But, The Book Also Said,
    "BABYLON THE GREAT HAS FALLEN FOR SHE IS THE HABITATION OF DEVILS!"
    Every Country That Have Helped Our Oppressors Enslaved Us Will Fall Under The Divine Judgment Of GOD!
    So Again My People, We Must Come Into The Knowledge Of Ourselves So That We Can Do For Self With The Help Of The GOD Who Dwells Within Us!
    We Can Take It Or Leave It Alone, But My People, This Is The Time, We Know What Must Be Done!
    MAY THE LIGHT OF TRUTH SHINES RAYS OF WISDOM UPON YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS TO OVERSTAND THAT THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD WILL NOT DO FOR US WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES!
    PEACE BE UNTO YOU THE BLACK MAN IN AMERICA AND OF THE WORLD!
    WE ARE ONE WITH GOD!

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