Taiwan affected by St. Vincent PM’s visit amid tensions in China

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves was described as a ‘close and dear friend of Taiwan’ as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen expressed the nation’s gratitude to the Premier of SVG for his current visit to Taiwan. This is according to a report from Focus Taiwan, CNA English News.

His official state visit to Taiwan comes as China continues to expand its military exercises around Taiwan. Tension between China and Taiwan escalated after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last week.

China claims Taiwan as part of its own territory and views visits by foreign government officials as recognizing the island’s sovereignty.

During a military honors parade on Monday in Taiwan, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said: “The Western Hemisphere, we don’t like or support it when a powerful neighbor seeks to intimidate us. or to intimidate us”.

Meanwhile, SVG’s Public Information Agency (API) said in a statement that Prime Minister Gonsalves kicked off his six-day official visit to Taiwan today.

API reports that early Monday morning, the President of Taiwan held a parade of military honors for Prime Minister Gonsalves and his visiting delegation, which is the highest presidential reception given to a visiting dignitary.

President Tsai also hosted a presidential banquet in honor of Prime Minister Gonsalves, who celebrates his 76th birthday today.

After the parade, the leaders and their dignitaries returned to the presidential palace for a brief meeting where they also exchanged gifts, followed by a signing ceremony for two treaties and a letter of intent.

The treaties signed were the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Government of the Republic of China in Taiwan and the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and a Treaty between the Government of the Republic of China in Taiwan and the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the transfer of sentenced persons.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Taiwan are deepening their ties with the signing of treaties.

A letter of intent for cooperation in higher education was also signed.

On August 9, the Vincentian delegation will visit the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF). Then they will go to the Embassy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to meet with Vincentian students studying in Taiwan.

On August 10, the delegation will travel by Taiwan high-speed train from Nangang to Zuoying Station and meet with Kaohsiung Mayor Chi-mai Chen. The Prime Minister’s entourage will then attend a briefing by Kaohsiung Port and cruise from there.

On August 11, the team visits one of the largest shipbuilding ports in the world, the Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Group, in the morning, and the Prime Minister will meet with the Prime Minister of Taiwan, Su Tseng-Chang at the end of afternoon.

Finally, on August 12, the delegation visits the Taiwanese Overseas & Development Corp (OIDC) before the conclusion of their visit and departure in the evening.

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