Wu joins Central American independence day
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Vice President Wu Den-yi (吳敦義) yesterday celebrated Central America's 192nd independence anniversary with the ambassadors of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in Taiwan.
September 13, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Wu relayed President Ma Ying-jeou's regards to the countries of Central America, and noted the well-developed diplomatic bonds between Taiwan and the four nations. “The people of these Central American countries are well known for their positive attitudes, their perseverance and gregariousness, they are similar to Taiwan in the hard work invested to defend their freedom, democracy and human rights,” said Wu.
“Despite the geological distance between Taiwan and Central America, the hearts of people in both regions remain close, especially in recent years,” Wu stated.
The vice president recounted Taiwan's early years, saying that many countries had reached out and assisted Taiwan in building a nation. “Taiwan is ready and more than happy to make contributions to foreign countries in need now” said Wu.
William Manuel Tapia Alemán, Ambassador of Nicaragua, told of Central America's independence from Spain in 1821, and praised the courage and teamwork of his ancestors. “It would be impossible to take on different challenges by the power of one country, the efforts of all Central American nations were crucial in finishing what our ancestors have begun nearly two centuries ago, which was to establish a democracy, provide enough food for the people; to steady the government systems and the economy,” said Alemán.
Alemán thanked Wu for his participation and Taiwan for its efforts in maintaining a friendly relationship with the four nations. “We are grateful to Taiwan's assistance in national development and regional integration projects in Central America, not to mention allowing our younger generation better means of academic training.”
“Central America will not hesitate to support Taiwan in engaging in international affairs and all global organizations, not just the United Nations. As Central America is gradually transforming into a potential market for investments and have been signing economic agreements with many other nations including the European Union, we hope that Taiwan will be investing in our industries,” Alemán stressed.