The 2013 class of midshipmen cruising and training squadron of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy is visiting Belize for the third time. 841 midshipmen landed on Sunday and Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley, whose deputy is Taiwanese, formally welcomed them.
Darrell Bradley – Belize City Mayor:
I say to you, [speaks in Taiwanese] It is my pleasure to welcome you to our shores and to extend to you our warm Belizean hospitality. I trust that your stay here will be marked with warm memories and extensions of well wishes.
Taiwanese Ambassador David Wu spoke of the friendship between Belize and Taiwan.
David Wu – Taiwanese Ambassador:
Since the establishment of the ties between our two countries in 1989, the Republic of China Taiwan has committed to actively promote the mutually beneficial collaboration with Belize in every facet. Over the past years, we have met significant strides in the fields of education, health, vocational training, ICT, agro-economy and new Belize and BDF personnel training, etc. In order to establish a comprehensive and a cordial partnership, I believe that the visit of the squadron will further strengthen the mutual understanding and a bi-lateral friendship, between our two countries and our two people.
Minister of National Security John Saldivar pledged to strengthen that tie.
John Saldivar – Minister of National Security:
We have come a long way, since establishing full diplomatic relations with Taiwan in October 1989. My Government understands and embraces the ROC on Taiwan’s current, viable diplomacy policy, which seeks to create a favorable international climate going forward. Today, we welcome the 2013 midshipmen cruising and training squadron, of the ROC on Taiwan, we continue a tradition of mutual respect and friendship between our countries.