After Dominican Republic trip, VP lauds Taiwan’s foreign aid

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (???) lauded Taiwan's achievements in international assistance and said the country can export humanitarian assistance to countries in need, during a transit stop in New York Thursday after a visit to the Dominican Republic.

Chen and his entourage are on their way back to Taiwan, after departing New York early Friday.

Before their departure, Chen and his entourage had dinner with Taiwanese expatriates living in and around New York, which was also attended by American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt, Taiwan's representative to the United States Stanley Kao (???), and the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York Lily Hsu (???).

During the dinner attended by more than 60 Taiwanese expatriates, Chen said Taiwan has turned from a recipient of international assistance to a contributor to the international community.

Chen noted a solar power plant, a school and a hospital that were built in the Dominican Republic with Taiwan's assistance, as examples of Taiwan's ability to help other countries.

Taiwan is capable of exporting humanitarian assistance to countries that need help, he said.

Earlier Thursday, Chen and his wife, both devout Catholics, visited Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York and attended mass there.

A decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of New York and the seat of its Archbishop.

The vice president also visited the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a tribute of remembrance to the people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site.

During a four-day visit to the Dominican Republic that ended Aug. 17, Chen attended the inauguration of re-elected President Danilo Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez and held meetings with the two leaders.

He also visited several bilateral cooperation projects in the Caribbean diplomatic ally, including the 911 Emergency System, the Center for Comprehensive Care for the Disabled, and a solar power plant financed by a Taiwanese firm.

Chen is leading a 14-member delegation, including his wife Luo Feng-ping (???) and Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council Tseng Hou-jen (???), on his first overseas trip since becoming vice president on May 20.

They are scheduled to return to Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday to conclude a weeklong visit.

Source: Focus Taiwan