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Aug 20, 2012

Friend from East, Vice-President Wu of Taiwan visits Belize

At this time the government is toasting one of its most generous friends; the government of Taiwan. The Taiwanese Vice-President arrived on Saturday and leaves our shores on Tuesday after talks with the government and a meeting with the Taiwanese community. Wu Den Yih is receiving the protocol afforded to a head of state. Belize is among twenty-three allies of Taiwan, but is Taiwan’s well-oiled dollar diplomacy a thing of the past? News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Taiwan’s Vice President Wu Den Yih arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport on Saturday, August eighteenth. Wu was greeted by Sir Colville Young and Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington.  The BDF band courted the guests and played the country anthems as both flags rode the wind and both Wu and Young sported traditional white guayaberas. And after inspecting the guards, Vice President Wu was escorted to Belize City for a conference with Belize media along with the aid of a translator.

 

Wu Den Yih

Wu Den Yih, Taiwan’s Vice President

“Although we are distance away geographically, we are close in heart. For example in May twentieth of this year, Governor General, Sir Colville Young, paid a visit to the Republic of China and Taiwan and congratulate President Ma on winning the election. Also Prime Minister Barrow has paid the Republic of China and Taiwan a visit in the past just like President Ma will repay a visit to Belize. This all show the strong relation between our two countries and also our ambassador here in Belize .has cooperated closely with the government and the people. Therefore it also shows that as long as we put emphasis on our friendship and cooperation relations, then there is a great chance that we could both find a way that could benefit our counties greatly. In the future, as long as Belize could propose a project that is suitable and would be beneficial for both sides, then I see no reason that we should not participate in such project and continue provide our efforts and experience with our diplomatic ally.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Vice President, Belize as you said has always been a strong ally of Taiwan. Taiwan has enjoyed support of many countries in Central and South America. But a few of those countries are switched allegiance from Taipei to Beijing. How do you keep ties with allies in this hemisphere and does that include budgetary support or dollar diplomacy for small economies such as Belize and would this be something you would be speaking to our Prime Minister about?”

 

Wu Den Yih

“In the past we did see cases as you described. Some African allies decided to change their partner from Taiwan to mainland China, but in the past four years we have never seen such an incident. The main reason was that the Republic of China and mainland China have decided to set aside our dispute and controversy which lasted sixty years. This dispute and controversy included wars or even bombshells that dropped on our island and also included diplomatic competition. But why we decided to drop such competition these years is because we found that if we get involved in such competitions, it will only result in the breaking of bonds of many countries and we will only see that some of those bonds are not based on sincerity and long term friendship. Therefore, we decided to pursue meaningful diplomacy or viable diplomacy and instead we will not going after the land diplomacy. Mainland China also realized that only by respecting the international space that cross relations can go on a more normal development, therefore we decided to adjust our cross-strait policy and pursue a road that guarantees peace and sustainability. We are more than willing to share this experience with our diplomatic allies. The government recently just stipulate an international development law that stipulates that when it comes to Foreign Aid, the Republic of China will pursue the principal of choosing proper goals, acting lawfully and exercise effective administration so that the Republic of China and our diplomatic allies will be able to pursue goals that offers mutual benefits. Such as what we did for our diplomatic allies in Central America; we helped them to improve their agriculture and fishery business and to expand the value of such industry, we also offered vocational training or technology training for the younger generation so that they are more competitive in job market. In the past four years since the viable diplomacy principle have been enacted, we see that it is really helpful to improve Taiwanese foreign relations with other countries in general. Therefore, I believe that the diplomatic relation based on sincerity, mutual benefits and mutual trusts could future strengthen and deepen our bonds with all of our diplomatic allies.”

 

It was clear that the dollar diplomacy era, that once saw Taiwan pledging up to twenty-five million U.S. dollars to Belize in 2008, is gone. Friendship and sustainable investments will guide the relationship between the two countries. At the end of the conference, Vice President Wu offered a small token of his friendship to Belize’s media.  Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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3 Responses for “Friend from East, Vice-President Wu of Taiwan visits Belize”

  1. Rod says:

    Please don’t give this gov. Any money it will only end up in the pockets of these politicians so please no money give them the know how and the technology to produce products and produce jobs but please please do not give them any money it never reaches the po people of this country.

  2. Storm says:

    I’m OK if dollar diplomacy has ended. Sitting with an empty cup waiting for someone, anyone to drop us a shilling or two is not a genuine basis for any kind of policy. It is just beggaring.

    I admire a lot of things about the Chinese culture, like belief in hard work and education, and those things we should try to adopt and adapt. And Taiwan is a lot closer to a free country than Communist China, which is still ruled by the army in the end. Hopefully, in the long run, someone can develop some projects with Taiwan that have economic merit and that can help develop Belize and create jobs here.

  3. tai-2-an says:

    Part of a master plan to turn Belize into Tai-two. Taiwan and Guatemala are both vying for that goal and both are making great strides. Wonder which will get there first. What was not mention was how much money the Voice President Brought for Politicians and bridging the deficit. Taiwan already recognizes that Belize is not interested in feeding itself but they will play the dalla diplomacy game. They Know Belizeans well take little in order for them to get large tracks of land in Belize.

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