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Vice president arrives in Belize

2012/08/19 19:06:03

Belmopan, Belize, Aug. 18 (CNA) Vice President Wu Den-yih arrived in Belize Saturday from the Dominican Republic on the second and final leg of a 12-day visit to the Latin America region that began Aug. 13.

Wu was welcomed at the airport with a military salute and greeted by Belize Governor General Sir Colville Young and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington.

He was expected to meet with Taiwanese expatriates Sunday evening and with Young and Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow Monday.

At a meeting with Taiwanese media following his arrival, Wu said the United States has accorded him "full respect and cooperation" to make his transit stops in New York and Los Angeles during his trip between Taiwan and Latin America.

He attributed this to the rebuilding of trust between Taiwan and the United States during President Ma Ying-jeou's term.

A day earlier in the Dominican Republic, Wu said that Taiwan holds a positive view of the development of trade relations between the Caribbean nation and China.

These relations will not affect ties between Taiwan and the Dominican Republic, Wu told reporters.

Wu was in the Dominican Republic to attend the swearing-in of Dominican President Danilo Medina and he toured around the country to be briefed on the progress of several bilateral cooperation projects.

He is expected to return to Taiwan via Los Angeles.

(By Kelven Huang and Christie Chen)