Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2022. 9:20 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: A collaborative program between the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the National Police Training Academy (NPTA) will offer police officers the chance to learn Mandarin, a dialect of the Chinese language, in an effort to promote its use in Belize.
On Thursday, there was an inauguration ceremony for the Taiwan-Belize Mandarin Program in Belmopan with the participation of Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize David Kuan-Chou Chien and, as representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Police Department respectively, CEO Kevin Arthurs, Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs Bart Jones and Director of the Academy Leslie Wade.
CEO Arthurs especially pointed out that Mandarin has become one of the most important languages in the global community. Deputy Commissioner Jones encouraged all police officers to take the advantage of the classes to learn conversational Mandarin.
Ambassador Chien expressed his gratitude to all officers of the Belize Police Department for protecting and safeguarding the lives and property of the Belizean people and stated that the partnership and friendship between Belize and Taiwan is rock-solid and strong. Many bilateral projects and programs have been successfully implemented for the past 33 years. Those projects will bond Belize and Taiwan even further and enable the partnership between the two countries and peoples to grow closer and more prosperous.
It is not known how many Mandarin speakers there are in Belize but the country does have a sizable population of Taiwanese particularly, but also Mainland Chinese immigrants.
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