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Taiwan to buy Nicaraguan bonds 'fake information': official

2018/11/06 12:45:12

Yui Tah-ray (俞大㵢/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) A recent report in Nicaraguan media that said Taiwan's government will spend US$280 million to buy its bonds is a form of "fake information," a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Tuesday.

"The report was purely fictitious. The Nicaraguan government did not ask us to buy the bonds, nor do we have any plan to buy the bonds," Yui Tah-ray (俞大㵢), head of the MOFA's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, said at a briefing.

Yui was responding to a report in Nicaraguan media "Confidencial" on Oct. 26 that cited two anonymous diplomatic sources as saying that Taiwan would invest US$280 million in the Financial Stability Bonds (BEF) Nicaragua's government issued in August.

The bonds were issued to stabilize an economy made shaky by a political crisis over the last six months in the Central American country, one of only 17 countries in the world to formally recognize the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Yui said Jaime Wu (吳進木), the ROC's ambassador to Nicaragua, clarified the government's stance in a separate interview with the same media outlet published later that day.

According to the English version of that report found on the "Confidencial" website, Wu "flatly" denied that a request existed from the Nicaraguan government for Taiwan to buy these bonds.

"Nothing. There is nothing, nothing of that. If there were something, I would not have accepted your interview; but, if I accept it, it is because I want to clarify this," Wu was quoted in the report.

He said he had no knowledge of any other entity of the Taiwanese government or any private financial institution from his country that was in talks to buy the bonds, according to the report.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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