Since then, almost 30 years, the governments and peoples of Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis have grown much closer and their cultural, political and economic ties have withstood the test of loyalty and friendship, in a region where former allies have dropped the Taiwanese for new partnerships with mainland China, which still claims Taiwan as one of its provinces.
There have been numerous visits to the Asian nation by prime ministers and heads of state from St. Kitts and Nevis and many students have benefited from generous scholarships, while business executives have also made the long journey in search of possible lucrative opportunities. Agriculture too has had its fair share of assistance.
Now, as part of the ongoing strengthening of relations the President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, is getting set to pay his first visit to St. Kitts and Nevis, which Taiwan must regard as one of its strongest allies in the Caribbean, if not the Western Hemisphere.
Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas has ensured during his 18 year tenure, that the close ties that were planted and nurtured during the 15 year reign of Simmonds, continue to blossom into a solid partnership of mutual diplomatic benefits.
The visit, which is scheduled for approximately two days, (18th to 19th August, 2013), is part of a swing by the Taiwanese president, across Latin America & the Caribbean. It also comes, no doubt as part of that country’s diplomatic efforts to keep its current allies, as they vie for support from China, whose president also made a recent trip to the region.
It is still remembered that ties with Taiwan were severed with other Caribbean States, and as much as possible, priority efforts are on the table to avoid further fallout.
In addition to his visit to St. Kitts and Nevis, Ma will also feature in Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Paraguay, where he is expected to attend the inauguration of the country’s new president, Horacio Cartes on 15th August.
The visit to the region will run from 11th – 22nd August.