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Taiwan offers no comment over decade-old donation to president of El Salvador

TAIPEI -- Taiwan declined Wednesday to comment on an allegation that a former El Salvadoran president received checks worth millions of U.S. dollars from Taiwan while in office some 10 years ago, saying only that all its foreign aid programs have been executed in the proper manner.

Earlier in the day, former El Salvadoran President Francisco Flores was reported to have admitted that he had accepted the money from Taiwan but denied that the funds were diverted for his personal use.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said the case has entered El Salvador's judicial process.

It also reiterated that the Republic of China government executes its foreign aid programs under three principles: seeking proper goals, acting lawfully and exercising effective administration.

The government evaluates aid proposals from other countries before deciding whether or not to carry them out, the MOFA said.

Since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, his foreign aid policy has been implemented in accordance with those three principles, winning the support of the country's foreign allies, the MOFA noted.

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