By Caribbean News Global
TAIWAN / St Vincent – Taiwan foreign minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu during a call to prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, August 6, wished him a speedy recovery on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan, also noted that the two countries are like-minded partners sharing the same democratic values; respect the rights of the people to freedom of expression but stand together in strongly condemning acts of violence.
Prime minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Thursday, August 5, was physically assaulted and wounded by opposition demonstrators while attempting to enter the House of Assembly.
Good talk with @ComradeRalph the prime minister of #StVincentAndTheGrenadines is a real battler & won’t let anything keep him down. All of #Taiwan wishes the country’s dear friend the very best & a quick recovery. JW
Taiwan and St Vincent and the Grenadines will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations August 15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said, adding that allies will continue deepening friendship and expanding exchanges for the benefit of the people.
“We congratulate our true friends and partners in prosperity on this milestone,” said Minister Wu. View minister Wu’s special address and learn why bilateral ties are built to last.
On Aug. 15, 2021, #Taiwan🇹🇼 & #StVincentAndTheGrenadines🇻🇨 mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations🤝. We congratulate our true friends & partners in prosperity on this milestone. Watch Minister Wu's special address & learn why bilateral ties are built to last.🔽 pic.twitter.com/fjVSAxvN7f
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) August 10, 2021
Similar, Taiwan is committed to enhancing its diplomatic capabilities while expanding cooperation with like-minded partners to safeguard the country’s freedom and democracy from adverse expansionism, recently exchanged friendly conversations with the new government of Saint Lucia.
According to previous communication, prime minister Philip J. Pierre and his administration will continue enhancing bilateral ties with Taiwan, says MOFA. “Building on this friendly and solid foundation, the government will continue collaborating with prime minister Pierre and his administration in strengthening bilateral cooperation to advance sustainable development and inclusive prosperity for the benefit of the people,” the MOFA added.
Saint Lucia previously held diplomatic relations with Taipei from 1984 to 1997, Beijing from 1997 to 2006, returning to Taipei. Saint Lucia has been supportive on Taiwan’s behalf on the international stage, including at the United Nations, the World Health Assembly, International Civil Aviation Organisation, and Interpol.
Saint Lucia has strong cooperation and extensive agreements with Taiwan including financial undertakings in the construction of Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) that exceeds US$175 million, the reconstruction of St Jude hospital; US$50 million loan for an island-wide road and infrastructure rehabilitation programme, Taiwan’s expertise in healthcare, personal protective equipment and COVID-19 response; Taiwan technology and innovation in support of the island-wide wireless network, technical support in agriculture, and recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish an innovation hub.
His Excellency Peter C.Y. Chen, ambassador of Taiwan to Saint Lucia described the signing as a milestone and said it could not be timelier as it consolidates the strategic alliance between the two partners.
Taiwan continues to strengthening collaboration, trade and technology, climate change, tackling environmental challenges, medical care, semiconductors manufacturing, democracy and the development of smart cities.
As Taiwan continues to engage in a global alliance based on the principles of peace, reciprocity and dialogue, sharing common goals, and expanding cooperation ( EU-Japan Summit, G-7 foreign and development ministers’ meeting, G-7 Leaders’ Summit, Japan-Australia 2+2 foreign and defence ministerial consultations, Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, US-Japan Summit and US-EU Summit, US-Taiwan relations) the Senate passage of their legislation: “Directs the State Department to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in obtaining observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization,” signals a permanent partnership.
Taiwans’ resolve in the Caribbean and globally look towards – Taiwans’ participation at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).