Barbados welcomes Chinese money with no cultural or sovereignty concerns

China Barbados Relations Politics

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, China’s Ambassador to Barbados… and a glass of the good stuff!

Have you noticed how the pro-Bajan culture supporters go silent when China arrives?

“Next year, Ambassador Ke noted, through the diligent efforts made by the two sides, some of the major projects supported by Chinese grants or loans will begin to take shape.”

… Barbados Advocate “Cooperation continues

The same folks in government, politics and finance who warned against British colonisation and American hegemony seem to have no problem with Chinese money pushing Chinese culture and the Communist version of history in Barbados.

Hey… I’m just saying!

Am I wrong?

Talk ya talk…



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28 responses to “Barbados welcomes Chinese money with no cultural or sovereignty concerns


    Nigger Government for sale , slaves on the block

  2. Earnest

    Chinese money? No problem – everything’s for sale in Bim including our culture, pride and sovereignty. And the chinese, no strings attached of course.

  3. Party Animal

    Earnest, the Chinese ain’t got nothing to buy, the Trini’s got all aready, as you say the will now take our culture, pride and sovereignty. ” what Pride ”
    Dem come in here and run all the hard working Guyanese out and setting up Kiosk all over Bridgetown selling there stuff, cheap Chinese junk.
    Bajans like to fall for anything that is false.
    When are we going to wake up.

  4. Party Animal

    Plantation Deeds…I Like your advertisement.
    Barbados will never be free of Slavery, it is only getting worst.

  5. Cliverton

    Great caption.

    Suggest and alternative response could be:

    “When we get outta here, I will come over to the Embassy and show you.”

  6. On a more serious note:

    This is from

    In the short time-frame of their rapid expansion the Institutes have been the subject of much controversy. Criticisms of the Institutes have included practical concerns about finance, academic viability, legal issues, and relations with the Chinese partner university, as well as ideological concerns about improper influence over teaching and research, industrial and military espionage,[6][25] surveillance of Chinese abroad, and undermining Taiwanese influence.[53] There has also been organized opposition to the establishment of a Confucius Institute at University of Melbourne,[54] University of Manitoba,[55] Stockholm University,[56][57] University of Chicago[58] and many others.

    Underlying such opposition, is a concern by professors that a Confucius Institute would interfere with academic freedom and be able to pressure the university to censor speech on topics the Communist Party of China objects to.[59] An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education writes that here is little evidence of meddling from China although the same article did go on to say the Institutes were “distinct in the degree to which they were financed and managed by a foreign government.”[42] After interviewing China scholars, journalists and CI directors, a writer for The Diplomat also found little support for the concern that CIs would serve as propaganda vehicles, though some of her sources did note that they would face constraints in their curriculum on matters such as Tibet and human rights.[60] A New York Times article quotes Arthur Waldron, a professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, that the key issue is academic independence. “Once you have a Confucius Institute on campus, you have a second source of opinions and authority that is ultimately answerable to the Chinese Communist Party and which is not subject to scholarly review.”[61]

    In October 2013, University of Chicago professor Marshall Sahlins published an extensive investigative article criticizing the Confucius Institutes and the universities hosting them.[49] Later, more than 100 faculty members signed a protest against the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago.[62] In September 2014, the University of Chicago suspended its negotiation for renewal of the agreement wit Hanban.[63]

    In December 2013, the Canadian Association of University Teachers urged Canadian universities and colleges to end ties with Confucius Institutes.[64]

    In June 2014, the American Association of University Professors issued a statement urging American universities to cease their collaboration with Confucius Institutes unless the universities can have unilateral control of the academia affairs, that the teachers in Confucius Institutes can have the same academic freedom enjoyed by other university faculty members, and that the agreements between universities and Confucius Institutes are available to the community.[65] The AAUP statement was widely noticed by US media and prompted extensive further debate in the US.[66][67][68][69]

    The University of Chicago cut ties to the Confusius Institute after an unflattering article appeared in the Chinese press, effective on 29 September, 2014.[70]

    See also:

    Compared to this brainwashing Institute, a Muslim-Only community pales as something that should be of concern.

  7. Like the cartoon

    Excellent observation Cliverton, and I agree the photo/cartoon made me laugh. I could think of a couple of raunchier captions though, but you did a good job balancing the humour without being raunchy.

  8. Like the cartoon

    BFP should cover the freedom protests in Hong Kong. The commies are starting to be violent. Can’t have any of that democracy talk you know! Last time they brought in the tanks and slaughtered thousands. Will it happen in Hong Kong?

  9. Well they are even going to teach our University Students about their history & their communists rhetoric, (for the student who can afford to pay the fees). Isn’t lovely. We have the moslems building their own community, the Chinese teaching our students, Trinidadians buying up all the businesses,maybe next the jihadis teaching us how to fight LOL, if it wasn’t so sad.

  10. Dompey


    You’re from the old school and apparently afraid of change. Perhaps, you haven’t realize it yet, but we’re now living in the New Global Age with a New Global Economy in the contemporary context?

  11. See Globe and Mail article “Umbrella Revolution’ brings Hong Kong to a halt in push for democracy” at:

    Wonder is they are singing RiRi’s Umbrella

  12. Dompey

    Just Asking

    Why are you blaming Trinidadians for buying up all of the essential resources in Barbados, when I am sure Barbadians could have done likewise? Stop the blaming game and try an inspire your Barbadian brothers to do as the Trinidadians have done. And maybe I’ll respect you for your efforts rather than the blame and deflection your endeavoring to cast elsewhere.

  13. Dompey


    What has the partnership between Barbados and China on this venture, to do with China’s political worldview? Okay, we don’t particularly agree with China’s record on human rights. But we aren’t in not position to fault China’s on this record, when we have a Police establishment in Barbados accused of the atrocious violation of the human rights of the Barbadian citizens, by Amesity International.

  14. Dompey


    What are you afraid of may I ask? Do you honestly believe that Barbados is going to become so beholding to China, that China is going to imposed its unique brand of totalitarian dominance on the Barbadian people?

  15. Dompey

    It would be a pleasure to ascertain some feedback here because it feels as though I am in a one way monologue.

  16. Green Monkey

    Is China just a paper tiger after all? Although I would think no paper tiger armed with nukes should ever be taken for granted.

    China Is a Paper Tiger
    The Hong Kong rising underscores China’s fragility

    by Justin Raimondo, October 01, 2014

    The rise of China as America’s chief rival on the international stage has long been a staple of our foreign policy pundits’ alleged wisdom. The Chinese, simply by virtue of their enormous population, have been deemed the inheritors of the earth. China, we are told, has been in the process of overtaking us in terms of virtually every metric imaginable: demographic, economic, and, most important of all, military. There’s just one problem with this Sinocentric view of the future: it’s based on nonsensical assumptions. And the central wrongheaded assumption – that China is a stable unitary country and will always remain so – is being disproved (once again) by the events now unfolding in Hong Kong.

    For most of its long history China has been divided into warring regions – or, in the modern era, disparate factions with antithetical interests – with a strong unitary state presiding over a relatively stable empire the exception rather than the rule. Its weakness and disunity made it easy prey for European colonialists, who tore off large pieces of Chinese real estate in the nineteenth century. Its status as the sick man of Eastasia persisted until the aftermath of World War II, when it fell under what appeared to be Russian domination and the “Peoples Republic of China” was established by the Communist Party of China (CCP).


    A form of capitalism – state capitalism, otherwise known as “crony capitalism” – has indeed been restored in China, due in no small part to the efforts of the Communist Party. CCP leaders have pursued a single-minded policy of economic development as the first – and only – priority ever since the Bad Old Days of the Cultural Revolution. By de-collectivizing both industry and agriculture, and introducing radical market reforms, the average standard of living has skyrocketed – along with the expectations of China’s rising middle class, not to mention the rising resentments of the vast underclass of landless peasants. Resentment comes, too, from the rising middle class, which sees the advantages enjoyed by politically-connected oligarchs as obstacles strewn in their path.

    Imitating the Keynesian policies of the West, China’s political class has created a real estate bubble of ginormous size, one that makes our own real estate bubble of 2006-08 seem like a minor price fluctuation. When that bubble bursts – and it isn’t a question of if, but when – it will mean a huge step back for the average Chinese worker. Bankruptcies will proliferate because real estate is the basis for a huge proportion of Chinese bank loans, and the fall in prices will set off a domino effect of large-scale deflation countrywide.


    China’s political class is sitting atop a volcano, with the prestige of the CCP at an all-time low and rising economic inequality combined with slowing growth producing potentially volatile conditions. Their rule is so brittle, at this point, that a single incident could shift the balance of forces away from stability and toward the chaos that the older generation remembers from the days of the Cultural Revolution – and greatly fears.

  17. Anonymous

    @ Dompey And this new Global Age is of course the reason to sell ourselves to a new oriental master? Some folks never learn that money isn’t everything. Not us of course lol.

  18. Dompey


    I hear brother but won’t you tell that to the starving thousands in Barbados, who can’t put food on their tables? I am quite sure you’re not numbered among those thousands?

  19. rob

    Sorry,,, was not checking here all the time.
    My original post was to only say , always know why someone is investing monies with a perceived zero cost. I have no issues with a country wanting to allow one to know its culture and teaching and to learn its language. The issue is to understand what one is allowed or not allowed to do with a free gift, The concern being now identified is the lack of free speech and selection of teachers et cetra for North American Institutions China today blocks blogs and Facebook say to do with demonstrations in Hong Kong.
    Quote from today ” To resolve suspicion, China needs to meet the issue of academic freedom head-on. It should understand that any attempt to control overseas universities through these institutes will be discovered, publicized and ultimately become counterproductive. On the other hand, its image will be greatly improved if it makes it clear that there aren’t any no-go areas for Confucius Institutes.”
    My view only

    As to current financial and layoffs in Barbados,, it is ugly , no doubt at all and we can only hope private business’s can move forward and hire , Taxation is beyond belief and the current situation with folks being told to wait for three weeks to get paid due to a computer problem.. Horrible,, majority of us live pay to pay.

    Have a good day

  20. Mary Marson

    Madeleine, Watch this as well. Seems as though as there is nil cash in their piggy bank they are selling themselves out to any buyer, no matter what the consequences. What a blasted mess. This is not the place I remember. Lucky your going in Jan. Hope you have a memorable stay. Where do you usually go, west or south coast ? I guess when you are there you can get a first hand insight into the actual state of affairs there. I have another mail which I am looking for from the B’dos Free Press which says that the island is ALLOWING free ( no visa conditions) entry for all those coming from El Salvador, a country reputed to be full of crime and mafias. What the hell is going on with those simple minded idiots in the Government ? Terrifying. Apparently, there has been a notable increase of crime on the island anyway, why do they need to import more ? Horrific thought. Just you be careful as I am sure these criminal bastards are more and more daring and for sure do not respect age. Just look at what happened to the elderly parents of Ronald Brown ( father of Ann’s son Daniel) earlier this year. In case you do not recall, a few bastard delinquents dared to enter into their home whilst they were watching tv, beat and bound them probably at gunpoint,and I guess stole whatever. The stealing part I do not recall as i was horrified that a couple intheir late 80’s/90 could be treated in such a terrible way. That sort of thing NEVER happened when we were young. Perhaps if it did it would have been some sort of retaliation between gangs, but kept between themselves and not involving the innocent public. Just dreadful. Must fly as I have to get going for the day. As you can see I am a little hesitant to put my name in full, on the comments I made, ( do not wish for anyone to know) not because those bastards scare me but nowadays and with bribery i am sure it would not be too difficult to trace if those HdP really were interested in so doing, and I have a young family and do not feel like being a martyr for their stupid cause. Especially with this country being the centre of their attentions and those ass…..s think that this is the country of their grandfather’s. They invaded and were here for 800 years, and when the Christian Kings reconquered, they now have the nerve to consider here as though it were theirs. Bloody cheek. What a mess the world is in and it is all quite scary. Hope that the powers that be get off their buts and DO st about this enormous and imminent worls wide problem. Anyone who does not toe the line ought to be sent out of our respective countries forever. Your recent addition to the family Amy, is a beauty and I thank you for sharing these memories with me. Have a good day, Thursday already. Sure flies. Mary. XX

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    > El 29/9/2014, a las 4:18, Barbados Free Press escribió: > > >

  21. Dompey


    Let me simple say this: I believe the claims made against China is/are without merit and until there is conclusive evidence to the contrary, we can’t help but dismiss them as utter -rubbish. I know as well as you do that many have accused American foreign-policy in the region of the same tendencies we now attributes to China. And what can China possible seeking to gain from the tiny island in the Caribbean, which lacks the economic resources to care for its own people. Perhaps, do as the Cuba had done during the Cuban Missile Crisis? And use Barbados as a platform to spy on these Americans? Or should we surmise that is it going imposed its unique brand of totalitarianism on the ill-informed Bajan right? IT SOUND RIDICULOUS DOESN’T IT?

  22. Dompey

    And maybe there is an urgent need to uplift the Barbadian way of life with forward thinking Chinese culture? I love Chinese culture and the Chinese people and think there is a lot the backward thinking Bajan could learn from these people.

  23. Dompey

    Let’s face it, Barbadians aren’t creative people. We sit back and expect government to do it all. If Steve Jobs and Bill Gates sat back and relied on government to do for them, where would America and the world be today?

  24. Anonymous

    I have read where folks in NA Teaching areas were told not to talk about events suppressed by China as in it never happened though I agree Barbados is a small entity. I guess we would have to resurrect the HARP project to place spy devices 🙂 🙂
    I know of many hard working Bajans though agree some seem to have an air of entitlement from somewhere but same applies in many countries where a social system exits to help ones in need. Some take advantage for sure.

  25. Rob

    I have read where folks in NA Teaching areas were told not to talk about events suppressed by China as in it never happened though I agree Barbados is a small entity. I guess we would have to resurrect the HARP project to place spy devices 🙂 🙂
    I know of many hard working Bajans though agree some seem to have an air of entitlement from somewhere but same applies in many countries where a social system exits to help ones in need. Some take advantage for sure.
    Rob 🙂

  26. Rob

    sorry for double entry and some spelling blips

  27. Spababy

    People in Barbados are a product of the product of the ask no question in-bedded memorization in the school system. There is very limited room in the most sectors for new entrepreneurs and the system thrives on mimicking others and suppresses original thought and creativity. Barbados should never allow homogeneous groups such as Indian and Asian i.e Chinese etc to EVER establish communities in the country. Multiculturalism only works if immigrant groups are socialize to be BAJAN!! With these groups it will never happen. Here is how u deal with them. Foreigh direct investment is always welcome in CERTAIN sectors but NEVER EVER allow them to open small business to compete with locals such as vendors etc. And last don’t ever ever agree on allow them to set up a china town or little Indian. You are asking for trouble and BIG trouble…….