PD suggests restoration of old building instead of new building for Chinese Embassy
In an open letter to the Chinese Ambassador in Malta Jiang Jiang, Democratic Party leader Timothy Alden has suggested that instead of building a new Embassy on virgin land as is being proposed, the Embassy should identify an old building in Malta, and restore and arrange it to meet Embassy requirements so that it can start serving as the new Chinese Embassy.
In his letter, Timothy Alden stated that in this way China would be helping out the Maltese, as it will be restoring and safeguarding Maltese heritage whilst strengthening diplomacy, peace and relations between Malta and China.
Mr Alden further stated that if the Embassy decides to look for an alternative site for a Chinese Embassy, it will find the support of Maltese NGOs and residents, who together with the Embassy are prepared to work together on this project in the best interests of both countries.
If this comes about, Timothy Alden continued, China will be giving good and historic examples which will inspire others to follow suit, besides the fact that the Maltese will be raising their esteem towards China.
The Democratic Party leader wrote to the Chinese ambassador in light of plans for the building of a new Embassy on nearly 20,000 square metres of land in Pembroke, adding he was doing this as Malta is a small country with a shortage of open spaces.