The Asian country in fact became the first nation to set up a full time embassy in the small developing Caribbean state. Now 28 years after, St. Kitts and Nevis continues to be one o the strongest supporters of Taiwan on the international political stage, especially in the United Nations where regular calls are made to give full recognition and membership to the people and government of Taiwan.
PM Douglas (R), Governor General Sebastian, (C) and Ambassador Tsao (L) Cut cakes in honour of National Day and diplomatic ties
It was therefore not surprising that when Taiwan celebrated 100 years as the first Republic in Asia, on Monday 10th October, 2011, the two countries were still demonstrating that their friendship and political relations are solid.
On Monday, as Taiwan celebrated National Day, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas said the people of Taiwan have been, over the last century, worked hard to transform an agricultural-based economy into a global technological powerhouse that has contributed greatly to the international community.
“Further, the democratic traditions of the Republic of China (Taiwan), as well as respect for human rights and adherence to the rule of law, has taken firm root in the psyche of your people And under your distinguished leadership, Taiwan is poised to celebrate its achievements with pride and looks towards a future filled with optimism and confidence,” Prime Minister Douglas said in a message to Taiwan’s President.
Dr. Douglas said the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis “is pleased to have accompanied you these last twenty eight years and convey our ardent wish for continued peace, happiness and prosperity for your great country now, and in the years to come.”
Douglas recommitted the Government and people of St. Christopher and Nevis to an enduring friendship based on mutual respect and shared values.
Meanwhile, Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Miguel Tsao said on Friday, 7th October, he will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Taiwan continues to pledge its unshakable commitment to all of their cooperation projects and programmes with the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Tsao added that his government is proud of what they have achieved, and humbled by the enormity of the task ahead, but with St. Kitts’ assistance, we will keep moving forward and going strong. Tsao made his comments while hosting a Dinner at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort in celebration of the 100th National Day and the 28th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Tsao said the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to be peacemakers, providers of international humanitarian aid, promoters of creative culture, creators of new technologies and business opportunities, and the standard bearers of Chinese culture.
In his comments at the ceremony Prime Minister Douglas told the Taiwanese and other invited guests, including Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, that the relationship between the two nations has matured over the past 28 years.
“Today, we continue to collaborate on various issues of mutual interest, helping each other to achieve important national goals. Challenges are ever present in both our countries, testing our resolve and our resilience, yet we struggle and prevail.”
Dr. Douglas said the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China
(Taiwan) must face that future with optimism, with confidence and with vision of where both countries need to be at any given period of time.
“The future belongs to those who wisely plan; who remain people focused; who take calculated risks; who strive for sustainability and the preservation of our natural environment. These are the principles that we both share as two peoples, two nations and two governments. On these matters, our countries must excel, and it is our responsibility today to lay the foundation for that brighter future,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
“As we celebrate this evening, as we contemplate the real meaning of this occasion, let us understand that there are no successes without failures, but the important point to remember is that we should learn from our errors, we must change our mindset, we must improve and try again. All around us every day, we see the tremendous technologies that make our lives easier and more pleasant, yet they have reached that stage incrementally. Our countries’ development is a process a journey that never ends, but only if we are properly prepared,” said Dr. Douglas.