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VP departs on trip to Central America, Caribbean allies

2012/08/13 13:22:26

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Vice President Wu Den-yih departed Monday on a 12-day visit to two allies in Central America and the Caribbean, and is scheduled to transit in the United States on his first official overseas trip since being sworn into office in May.

Before boarding at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Wu said that he will represent President Ma Ying-jeou at the Aug. 16 swearing-in ceremony of Dominican Republic President-elect Danilo Medina.

In addition to attending the ceremony, Wu is scheduled to meet with outgoing President Leonel Fernandez Reyna and other officials. He will also visit vocational collaboration projects that Taiwan has been working on in the Caribbean country.

Following his trip to the Dominican Republic, Wu will visit Belize in Central America. Wu will be the first high-level official to visit the Taiwanese ally since Ma visited in May 2009.

His itinerary in Belize includes a visit to Central Farm, where Taiwanese agricultural technicians are helping to improve local farming techniques.

Taiwan used to receive aid from developed nations in the past, which helped the country progress and become prosperous, Wu said, adding that he hopes the collaborative projects can further strengthen ties with the allies.

On his way to the Dominican Republic, Wu will transit in New York and will return to Taiwan via Los Angeles on Aug. 24.

(By Bien Chen-feng and Kendra Lin)