Over the years, Taiwan has demonstrated its commitment to that relationship, through its generous financial and technical support for the islands. St. Kitts & Nevis on the other hand has been one of Taiwan’s strategic partners that have championed the cause for the Aisian country to be accepted as a member of the world body, the United Nations.
A program of people to people exchanges has also formed part of the efforts to bring the two nations closer together. Now that relationship seems to be taking new directions to strengthen the cultural ties.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis’ Miguel Tsao has challenged a youth ambassadors team from his country to learn the clown or mokojumbie dance and increase the cultural links with St. Kitts and Nevis.
“I hope our youth Ambassadors during your stay in the Federation, can mingle with our local students to forge the relationship and learn from each other and through cultural exchange, the understanding between the students of our two countries can be further enhanced and their friendship ever strengthened,” said Ambassador Tsao at the opening ceremony of the Annual Summer Residential Camp at the Beach-Allen Primary School at which the visitors were welcomed.
He noted this year is a quite joyous year for the Embassy as it celebrates two significant milestones – the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the 28th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Ambassador Tsao pointed out that under the patronage of the St. Kitts and Nevis Government, the Taiwan Embassy has undertaken an initiative to bring a series of cultural activities to the Federation’s public and youngsters with a Folkloric Sports Troupe in May and the Youth Ambassador Corps now visiting.
Ambassador Tsao noted that last year, the Southern Taiwan University sent their first such delegation to the Federation.
“After the team returned to Taiwan, they joined with other university delegations that also visited foreign countries and presented a cultural extravaganza. More specifically, they performed a masquerade dance in front of our President, Premier, Ministers of Government and Foreign Ambassadors,” he said, adding:
“Their performance was enthusiastically received and made newspaper headlines the next morning.”
Ambassador Tsao challenged the visiting Youth Ambassadors “to carry on the good work and learn the clown or mokojumbie dance this year.”
He hailed the close relationship between the Government and the People of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Government and people of Taiwan.
“Our countries have been cooperation partners in a wide scope of areas including the preservation and cultivation of our rich cultural heritage,” said the Taiwanese Diplomat.