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Sep 12, 2019

Celebrating 30 Years of Belize-Taiwan Friendship

After thirty years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Belize continues to benefit significantly from various programmes for its support to the Republic of China.  Days ago, the government signed a fifty million U.S. dollar loan agreement for roads with Taiwan. A number of activities have been taking place to mark the special relations between the two countries. Belize remains among the group of twenty countries to maintain relations with ROC. Today, a set of stamps were released to celebrate the anniversary. Here is News Five’s Hipolito Novelo.

 

Hipolito Novelo reporting

A new set of stamps commemorating thirty years of diplomatic relations between Belize and the Republic of China, Taiwan, was today officially released.

 

Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO

Edmond Castro

“This stamps will traverse the world and show our friendship that we have between both countries and that we share. This is all a part of the diplomatic relationship that we have enjoyed for over thirty years and we will continue to enjoy diplomatic relations with Taiwan as long as we are here.”

 

The twenty five cents stamp depicts the flags of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan). The one dollar stamp depicts the Belize Blue Hole and the Jade Mountain of Taiwan, while the five dollars stamp depicts the National Bird of Belize the Keel Billed Toucan, and the National Bird of Taiwan, the Taiwan Blue Magpie.

 

Remus Li-Kuo Chen

Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“As we actually discussed this idea with the Belize Postal Service, we actually got positive response and that is why we continue to work with each other with the design, choice and selection of what was the best ideas to represent out two countries.”

 

While the two countries enjoy thirty years of official friendship, the friendship shared between Belize and Taiwan goes beyond three decades.

 

Edmond Castro

“Taiwan and Belize engaged in this friendship that we are celebrating today, so thirty years may seem like a lot but when you go up in age thirty years is not old. We really appreciate the thirty years of friendship that we are celebrating here in these stamps.”

Remus Li-Kuo Chen

“Our friendship is deeply rooted in on a wide range of important issues. With diversity in nature we definitely have many stories to share and tell many, many great opportunities for our future, for our countries.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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