Utah and Honduras events mark friendly re­la­tions with Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan re­cently marked the 35th an­niver­sary of its sis­ter­hood re­la­tion­ship with the U.S. state of Utah, while a cer­e­mony has been co-hosted in Honduras to present schol­ar­ships pro­vided by Taipei for Honduran stu­dents.

Taipei’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in San Fran­cisco or­ga­nized a “Tai­wan Night” in Salt Lake City on Aug. 4 to celebrate the sis­ter­hood ties with Utah, the Cen­tral News Agency said.

The event was hosted by Joseph Ma, di­rec­tor of Taipei’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in San Fran­cisco. More than 160 guests were in at­ten­dance.

Ma noted that ex­ports from Utah to Tai­wan amounted to US$6.8 bil­lion in 2014, mak­ing Tai­wan the third-largest mar­ket in Asia for Utah’s ex­ports and the sixth-largest in the world.

Derek Miller, pres­i­dent and CEO of the World Trade Cen­ter Utah, said dur­ing the event that the latest trade fig­ures un­veiled in July 2015 showed that Tai­wan is one of the top-five trade part­ners of Utah world­wide. It shows the close re­la­tion­ships be­tween Tai­wan and Utah, he said.

In Honduras, the coun­try’s first lady, Ana Gar­cia de Her­nan­dez and Joseph Kuo, Tai­wan’s am­bas­sador to the coun­try, jointly hosted a cer­e­mony to present Tai­wanspon­sored schol­ar­ships for Honduran stu­dents on Aug. 5, the CNA re­ported. A to­tal of 40 stu­dents re­ceived the schol­ar­ships.

Kuo noted that since 2005 over 300 Honduran stu­dents have re­ceived Tai­wan-spon­sored schol­ar­ships for study­ing in Tai­wan, and cur­rently 132 Honduran stu­dents are study­ing in Tai­wan’s col­leges, univer­si­ties and mil­i­tary academies.

CNA

Tai­wan and Utah mark the 35th an­niver­sary of es­tab­lish­ing sis­ter­hood ties, dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Salt Lake City on Tues­day, Aug. 4.

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