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BREAKING: President of Taiwan to visit Belize amidst regional diplomatic shifts, Belize’s friendship expected to heighten

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2023. 10:13 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In a significant development for Belize’s diplomatic relations, H.E. Tsai Ing-Wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is scheduled to lead a delegation on an official visit to Belize in early April 2023. The visit comes on the heels of Honduras announcing its intention to shift its diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China. Belize responded immediately solidifying support for the territorial integrity and independence of Taiwan, and hence the significance of  President Tsai’s visit to Belize.

During her visit, President Tsai Ing-Wen will meet with Prime Minister Hon. John Briceño, the Cabinet, and other members of parliament. She is also expected to deliver an address at a Joint Sitting of Parliament, emphasizing the close relationship between Taiwan and Belize, and the shared values of democracy, freedom, and sustainable development.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration will host an exhibition of micro, small, and medium enterprises to showcase the Women Economic Empowerment Project, a joint initiative between the governments of Taiwan and Belize. This exhibition highlights the commitment of both countries to foster economic growth, gender equality, and women’s empowerment.

This marks President Tsai’s second visit to Belize during her two terms as president, reflecting the importance of the nation as a steadfast ally in the region. Belize is one of the few countries in Central America that still maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan, as opposed to the People’s Republic of China.

The recent announcement by Honduras to shift its diplomatic allegiance to China raises the stakes of President Tsai’s visit, as Taiwan seeks to strengthen its existing alliances and demonstrate its commitment to mutual cooperation, development, and shared values. Belize, in turn, looks forward to enhancing its relationship with Taiwan, benefiting from continued collaboration in areas such as agriculture, education, and infrastructure development.

The upcoming visit is a testament to the enduring friendship between Belize and Taiwan and is expected to further solidify their diplomatic ties in the face of regional shifts. Both countries stand to benefit from increased cooperation, as they work together towards a future of shared prosperity and progress.


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