Hardbeatnews, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: Taiwan’s President, Chen Shui-bian, on his first visit to key Caribbean ally St. Kitts yesterday, reiterated that the ROC “stands ready to provide whatever assistance is possible” to the Federation.
Chen, speaking through an interpreter shortly after arriving in St. Kitts, said the visit signifies a new milestone in the diplomatic relations between St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan.
He stated that as island nations, Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis face similar challenges due to unpredictable natural elements and changes in the environment and both must rely on the resources of their territories within restricted conditions to strive for continued existence and seek the greatest possibilities for development.
President Chen received a red carpet welcome and was greeted by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, a guard of honor and flag-waving school children after his plane touched down in the Federation yesterday afternoon at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.
Prime Minister Douglas, in brief welcome remarks, said President Chen’s visit “provides another opportunity for our countries to strengthen our relations and to renew our commitment to the progress of our countries.”
Today, President Chen will pay courtesy calls on St. Kitts and Nevis Governor General, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and PM Douglas and sign a joint communiqué to further solidify their relationship at the Brimstone Hill Fortress – a UNESCO Heritage Site.
He will also become the first recipient of the Order of St. Christopher and Nevis (S.C.N.) and unveil a plaque to officially open the St. Paul’s Sporting Complex, which was financed by his government.
The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) established diplomatic relations on September 1983. Last week, in his address to the UN, Douglas again urged that the country be allowed to join the body.
Chen is on a 10-day tour of Central America and the Caribbean allies. – Hardbeatnews.com