Vice President of Taiwan visits Belize Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:00

His Excellency Wu Den-Yih accompanied by Governor General, Sir Colville YoungMotorists were a bit frustrated by interruptions in traffic along the Western Highway on Monday, August 20th, and along the Northern Highway on Tuesday, August 21st. However, it was for a good reason. The Vice-President of one of Belize’s closest allies was visiting the jewel. His Excellency Wu Den-Yih, the Vice President of the Republic of China, Taiwan arrived in Belize on a chartered flight on Saturday afternoon, August 18th. Wu was the Special Envoy of President Ma Ying-Jeou to the inauguration of Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina on August 16th.     

Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, were at the Phillip Goldson International Airport on Saturday to welcome Vice President Wu. In a press conference at the Radisson on Saturday afternoon, Vice President Wu explained that his country is now focused on relationships with true allies - “bonds based on sincerity and long term friendship”. Taiwan can now focus on such relationships since it is no longer competing with mainland China for allies. Prior to the stabilization of relations between the two, both countries engaged in dollar diplomacy. In simpler terms, they were buying friends. Since President Ma’s policy of “no unification, no independence and no use of force,” relationships between the countries have stabilized as the governments advocate the maintenance of the status quo.

Before Vice-President Wu met with Prime Minister Barrow on Monday, he used Sunday to visit one of Belize’s most popular archaeological sites, Altun Ha. After that break from official business, he met with Prime Minister Barrow to discuss issues of mutual concern. Prime Minister Barrow did not go into details about the conversation with Wu, but did say that despite Taiwan’s new diplomatic approach, the Vice President made a recommitment to a prior agreement that sees Belize receiving $50 million over the span of 5 years. Taiwan will continue to provide great support for Belize in areas of information communication technology and agriculture. In fact, immediately after his visit with Prime Minister Barrow, Vice President Ma visited the Belize Central Farm to inspect the projects that the two countries have collaborated to execute.

Vice President Wu, left Belize on Tuesday afternoon en route to Los Angeles, California from where he left for the Republic of China, Taiwan. It was Wu’s first official engagement since he was inaugurated in May of this year. He was accompanied by the Minister of Labor Affairs, J.H. Wang, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, S.Y. Ko, and Deputy Minister of Overseas Compatriot Affairs, S.H. Hsia.