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Indonesian envoy donates to Hualien quake relief

2018/02/08 17:42:59

Jakarta, Feb. 8 (CNA) A special envoy of Indonesian President Joko Widodo has made a donation of US$100,000 to disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday.

Ang Tjeon Ming (翁俊民), founder of the Jakarta-based Mayapada Group, expressed condolences over the loss of life and destruction of property caused by the earthquake and support for the victims during a phone call with John Chen (陳忠), head of the Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Indonesia, on Wednesday.

The 65-year-old tycoon of Chinese descent, who is also known by his Indonesian name Tahir, made the donation after the call.

As the Indonesian president's special envoy to Taiwan, Ang plays an important role in promoting relations between the two countries.

He told a CNA reporter that the Indonesian government and people are very much concerned about the devastation caused by the earthquake and feel deep sympathy for the victims.

Ang also called on Indonesian nationals studying or working in Taiwan to remain safe and take precautions so they are ready in the event of another earthquake.

On a recent visit to Taiwan, Ang said he met with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). During the meeting, he said Taiwan had taken the right path by launching its "New Southbound Policy," which aims to enhance trade ties between Taiwan and countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia as well as New Zealand and Australia.

Ang said that Taiwan and Indonesia complement each other well and should strengthen cooperation in fisheries, manufacturing, high technology and tourism sectors.

(By Jay Chou and Evelyn Kao)