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Taiwan donates US$100,000 to help Vietnamese storm victims

2017/12/11 18:24:01

Hanoi, Dec. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday donated US$100,000 to the Vietnamese government to support disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Damrey, which battered the central and southern parts of the Southeast Asian country last month.

During a ceremony in Hanoi, Taiwan's representative to Vietnam Richard R. C. Shih (石瑞琦) made the donation on behalf of Taiwan's government, which was accepted by Bui Thi Thanh, vice president of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee.

With the donation, Taiwan hopes that Vietnamese citizens will be able to feel Taiwan's concern for them and that ties between the two countries will become closer, said Shih, who stressed that Taiwan highly values its cooperation with Vietnam in many fields.

Shih noted that when James Soong (宋楚瑜), head of Taiwan's delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, was in Danang for the APEC Leaders' Meeting in early November, he also conveyed considerable concern for victims of the typhoon.

Bui Thi Thanh thanked Taiwan's government for its help in storm relief work and the many contributions to charity made by Vietnam-based Taiwanese businesses, and he said he believed bilateral ties between the two countries will get better in the future.

Typhoon Damrey swept into Vietnam in early November ahead of the APEC summit, leaving at least 100 dead and hundreds of homes destroyed in central and southern localities, according to Bui Thi Thanh.

(By Fan Chin-yi and Evelyn Kao)