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Oct 6, 2020

P.U.P. Says It Will Remain Taiwan’s Ally and Friend

John Briceño

Earlier in the newscast John Briceño spoke of a number of issues, we also asked him about a foreign policy matter, relations with Taiwan.  If the People’s United Party becomes the next government, Leader John Briceño says that Belize will remain a strong ally and friend to the Republic of China, Taiwan. Concerns arose in September last year when  P.U.P. Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa, former Belize City Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, and Councilor Michael “Chips” Noralez made a trip to mainland China. The trip raised eyebrows because Belize remains among a handful of allies to Taiwan. Briceño later pointed out that the visit to China was not of an official capacity. On Monday, Briceño told News Five that the Belize would not shift and that the P.U.P. intends to strengthen the relationship with Taiwan under his administration. 

 

John Briceño, Opposition Leader 

“We believe in the P.U.P. that we have had a good relationship with Taiwan. Taiwan has become not only an ally, but a friend of Belize and the people of Belize. It is the P.U.P. that started off this relationship with Taiwan and a lot of people have been speculating and trying to talk us and so forth and to different members of the party whether we should consider going to move to mainland China but the party has said that we continue to support the special relationship that we have had with Taiwan.  So the new P.U.P. government will continue to recognize Taiwan and continue to work with the government and people of Taiwan.”

 

Remus Li-Kuo Chen

Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“We will be very happy to work with any party who will be given the mandate in November when actually their party wins the elections and given this very important task to lead this country and govern for the next five years. We hope that they will understand that Taiwan is always genuine in this friendship and we always want to give more and do more in terms of trying to be your very, very trust worthy partner in your national development, in your every areas of growth.”


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