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Paying Belize official's medical bills fosters ties: foreign ministry

2012/05/23 16:00:44

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) The Taiwan government's decision to pay medical bills for Belize Governor-General Colville N. Young promotes medical diplomacy and can help strengthen ties with its Central American diplomatic ally, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

The remark came in response to local media reports that Young received a medical checkup at Taipei Medical University's Shuang Ho Hospital in New Taipei a day earlier during his trip to Taiwan for the May 20 inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou.

Young's medical bills were inexpensive and were covered by the government, said Steve Hsia, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Taiwan has long been offering medical assistance to Belize by sending medical missions and donating medical equipment, which has won the recognition of the Belize people, Hsia added.

"(The decision to pay for his) medical attention in Taiwan not only introduces him to the advanced medical expertise of the country, but also serves as another effort to promote ties between our diplomatic ally," Hsia said.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Scully Hsiao)