President Tsai Ing-wen accompanied President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay on a tour of the southern city of Kaohsiung on Thursday. Cartes is on a three-day visit to Taiwan as the two sides mark sixty years of diplomatic relations.
Cartes was shown the Port of Kaohsiung, which has been dubbed Asia's New Bay Area for a string of redevelopment projects. He also enjoyed a boat ride along the harbor to get a waterside view of the port city.
The city's mayor, Chen Chu, hosted an event at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center to welcome Cartes. Chen said Taiwan and Paraguay are at two ends of the world but distance has not affected the rich relationship between them. Chen said Kaohsiung is honored to receive Cartes on the first day of the 61st year of ties between the two countries. She said she is glad that an ally country is able to witness the transformation and improvement of the city.
Later in the afternoon, Vice President Chen Chien-jen accompanied Cartes to the Southern Taiwan Science Park to learn up on the development of Taiwan's tech industry. Cartes also visited the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
Paraguay is one of Taiwan's 20 diplomatic allies in the world and the only one in South America.
Source: Radio Taiwan International