Pres­i­dent con­fers medal on Sin­ga­pore’s out­go­ing en­voy

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying- jeou on Wed­nes­day con­ferred a medal on Sin­ga­pore’s out­go­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Tai­wan, Calvin Eu, in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tions to friendly re­la­tions be­tween Tai­wan and the Southeast Asian coun­try.

At a cer­e­mony at the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice, Ma pre­sented the Or­der of Bril­liant Star with Grand Cor­don to Eu, who is set to re­turn home later this month af­ter al­most four years’ ten­ure in Tai­wan.

In re­sponse, Eu said he was hon­ored to re­ceive the medal and ex­pressed hope that bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion will be ex­panded.

He also noted the up­com­ing an­niver­sary of an eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment be­tween Tai­wan and Sin­ga­pore, which he said has cre­ated mu­tual benefits, in­clud­ing tar­iff con­ces­sions, bet­ter mar­ket ac­cess and more in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Tai­wan and Sin­ga­pore signed the Agree­ment be­tween Sin­ga­pore and the Sep­a­rate Cus­toms Ter­ri­tory of Tai­wan, Penghu, Kin­men and Matsu on Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship ( ASTEP) in Novem­ber 2013 and it came into force April 19, 2014.

ASTEP has opened a new door for bi­lat­eral ties and both sides should con­tinue to seek more co­op­er­a­tion, Eu said.

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