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Kentucky governor to visit Taiwan to mark 30-year partnership

2012/05/13 22:07:21

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) The governor of Kentucky will arrive in Taiwan Monday to mark the 30th anniversary of a bilateral partnership and congratulate President Ma Ying-jeou on his re-election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday.

Governor Steven Beshear will attend a reception hosted by Foreign Minister Timothy Yang in celebration of the long-standing partnership between Kentucky and Taiwan, the ministry said in a statement.

The Taiwan Provincial Government, which now exists in name only after most of its functions were transferred to the central government in 1998, established a sister-state relationship with Kentucky in 1982.

Beshear will also release a proclamation congratulating Ma, who will be inaugurated for his second four-year term in office on May 20, the ministry added.

Before he wraps up his four-day visit on May 17, Beshear will call on Ma, and officials from the ministries of foreign and economic affairs.

Meanwhile, the United States will also send a "heavyweight" delegation to attend Ma's inauguration ceremony, the foreign ministry said.

Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley will lead a five-member delegation to Taiwan from May 18-21, it added.

(By Elaine Hou)