Ma says he’s sat­is­fied with Tai­wan-Gu­atemala links

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion on Mon­day with the cur­rent de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions be­tween the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) and Gu­atemala as the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try’s new am­bas­sador pre­sented her cre­den­tials at the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice on Mon­day.

Speak­ing at a cer­e­mony to honor the new am­bas­sador, Olga Maria Aguja Zu­niga, the pres­i­dent said the two na­tions have main­tained cor­dial re­la­tions since es­tab­lish­ing diplo­matic ties 80 years ago and have had fre­quent ex­changes in dif­fer­ent sec­tors over the years.

Eco­nomic ties are on the up­swing, Ma said, point­ing to 30 per­cent growth in bi­lat­eral trade to US$160 mil­lion in 2014 and Tai­wan’s in­vest­ment in Gu­atemala grow­ing to US$43 mil­lion, cre­at­ing more than 1,400 jobs in the coun­try.

The pres­i­dent ex­tended a warm welcome to the new Gu­atemalan en­voy and hoped that bi­lat­eral ties be­tween the two na­tions will be fur­ther strength­ened dur­ing her ten­ure in Tai­wan.

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