Ma to visit Caribbean al­lies, stopover in US, could visit Har­vard

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying- jeou will visit Tai­wan’s three diplo­matic al­lies in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean re­gion later this month, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) an­nounced yesterday.

Ma will travel to the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, Haiti and Nicaragua, as part of an eight-day trip sched­uled to last July 11-18, Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Si­mon Ko (

) an­nounced yesterday.

In his trip to Cen­tral Amer­ica, the pres­i­dent’s char­ter flight is sched­uled to make a stopover in Bos­ton be­fore vis­it­ing the al­lies, he said.

On his way back, Ma will make another transit stop in Los An­ge­les be­fore head­ing back to Taipei, he added.

The state visit to the al­lies is meant to fur­ther so­lid­ify the R.O.C.’s ties with these diplo­matic al­lies and al­low the pres­i­dent to per­son­ally in­spect the fruit­ful re- sults of the “flex­i­ble diplo­macy” adopted by his ad­min­is­tra­tion, he said.

Ko con­firmed that it is the min­istry’s plan to have Ma visit his alma mater, Har­vard Univer­sity, dur­ing his stay in Bos­ton.

How­ever, more de­tails of the itin­er­ary are still be­ing dis­cussed with U.S. coun­ter­parts and have not yet fi­nal­ized. Ma is a Har­vard Law School grad­u­ate.

Even though Ma will not make a speech at the univer­sity, sources told lo­cal media yesterday that Ma is ex­pected to hold a closed-door meet­ing with stu­dents and fac­ulty at Har­vard dur­ing his visit there.

This up­com­ing trip could make Ma the first R.O.C. pres­i­dent to visit Har­vard if it goes ahead.

A pre­vi­ous R. O. C. pres­i­dent who made a speech at his alma mater in the U.S. was Lee Tenghui ( ), who in 1995 re­turned to Cor­nell Univer­sity to de­liver a speech at a re­union of grad­u­ate school alumni.

The pres­i­dent is also ex­pected to de­liver an ad­dress be­fore the Congress of the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic dur­ing his visit, sources said.

A to­tal of 87 peo­ple, in­clud­ing For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil chief Kao Hua-chun as well as other of­fi­cials and law­mak­ers, will be tak­ing part in Ma’s del­e­ga­tion.

This up­com­ing trip will mark the 11th over­seas state visit by Ma since tak­ing of­fice in May 2008.

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