Vice President says Dominican trip achieved 'steadfast diplomacy'
Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen, who returned from a visit to the Dominican Republic on Saturday, said he believed his trip has helped promote the new Taiwan government's "steadfast diplomacy" and raised Taiwan's international visibility.
During a four-day visit to the Caribbean country, one of the Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies, Chen attended the inauguration of re-elected President Danilo Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez and held meetings with the two leaders.
The trip was an implementation of the concept of "steadfast diplomacy" and it allowed Taiwan to make friends through a diplomatic model that emphasizes mutually beneficial and supportive relations, Chen told reporters and officials who welcomed him back at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in the early morning.
The current administration of President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party has adopted "steadfast diplomacy," meaning that it will adopt practical strategies when dealing with Taiwan's foreign relations and expanding the country's international space.
At President Medina's inauguration, Chen said he met presidents and special envoys from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Haiti -- all allies of Taiwan, and solidified Taiwan's friendships with them.
The trip has also made him aware that the Dominican Republic is indeed a good place for Taiwanese businesses to invest in, Chen said.
A solar power plant set up by a Taiwanese firm has become an important source of electricity supply in the Dominican Republic, he noted.
Moreover, a greenhouse orchid farm invested by Taiwanese business people there has produced high-quality orchids that have been popular in countries such as Haiti, Chen added.
These examples show the advantages of investing in the Dominican Republic, he said, adding that he hopes to invite more businesses from Taiwan to visit the Caribbean country.
During Chen's trip, he also visited the country's 911 Emergency System and the Center for Comprehensive Care for the Disabled.
He made a transit stop in New York on Thursday, before departing for Taiwan the following day.
In New York, Chen and his entourage had dinner with Taiwanese expatriates, which was also attended by American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt. (Courtesy of CNA)