President touts Taiwan's relief efforts for Japan

03/27/2011 09:14 PM
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Taipei, March 27 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou touted SundayTaiwan's humanitarian relief efforts for Japan as an illustration ofthe country's soft power and a way to help earn the country widerrecognition in the world.

Speaking at a presentation ceremony for the National YouthContribution Awards in Taipei, Ma said people in Japan have beentouched by Taiwan's contributions since the March 11 earthquake andtsunami, which include donations of NT$2.4 billion (US$80 million)and more than 200 metric tons of relief goods.

In addition, Taiwan has sponsored more than 18,000 disadvantagedchildren around the world, while the country's blood donor rate ishigher than that of either the United States or Japan, Ma said.

The kindness of the Taiwanese people has helped the country toachieve its goal of obtaining visa-free privileges from 100 countriesto mark the Republic of China centennial, according to Ma.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Maia Huang)ENDITEM/J

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