President Ma Ying-jeou to Visit Caribbean Allies

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Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, will start a 12-day diplomatic tour Sunday, during which he will visit Paraguay to attend the inauguration of President Horacio Cartes and Vice President Juan Afara on August 15 and also visit Taiwan’s allies in the Caribbean, including  Saint Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Ma will also visit Haiti to witness the country’s progress on the way to recovery after it was devastated by a massive earthquake in 2010.

Making a transit stop in New York during his tour, Ma will also meet House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce and the committee’s ranking member Eliot Engel.

In addition, Ma will go to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in New York, becoming the first president of the Republic of China to visit the association that represents Chinese Americans living in the New York metropolitan area. He will also host a dinner for more than 300 Taiwanese expatriates.

While in the US, Ma will also meet high-level business executives to exchange views on the world economy. He is also scheduled to visit the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks and New York University, where he studied.

The president will return to Taiwan on Aug. 22 and give a briefing on his tour that day.

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