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Thursday, January 17 2019 @ 02:41 AM UTC

Taiwan Donates 1,000 Bikes and Toys to Poor in Panama

Politics Panama City, Dec. 15 (CNA) The Republic of China government has given 1,000 bicycles to Panama to be distributed to disadvantaged children and families, officials from the ROC Embassy in Panama said Thursday. The first batch of 500 bicycles was delivered to children in La Chorrera City Wednesday, said Hou Ping-fu, ROC Ambassador in Panama, who traveled to the town located in a suburb of Panama City to preside over a ceremony marking the donation of the bikes. In addition to the bicycles, two 40-ft containers of toys are also on their way to Panama to help poor Panamanian children have a happy Christmas, Hou said. (Editor's Comment: This one falls into the "politics" section, because of recent hints Panamanian President Martin Torrijos has made indicating Panama is considering a change in their long-standing policy of recognizing Tawian. The PRC's growing economic might, heavy investments in Panama's infrastructure, and upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal are all probably figuring into the possible decision to switch from Taiwan to the PRC. Obviously, Taiwan does not want Panama to make the switch, and is doing what it can to keep Panama in their corner.)

Ten 40-ft containers of clothes and footwear have been sent from Taiwan to Panama's indigenous people recently, Hou said, adding that altogether, the ROC government will be making relief donations topping 45 40-ft containers this year to needy children and families in Panama.

Most of these donations are made via the Office of the Panamanian First Lady, Hou noted.

Noting that Taiwan-Panama ties are better than ever, Hou said officials of the two countries will engage in trade talks shortly, mainly on Taiwan's imports of beef and related products from Panama.

Hou said that Taiwan imported US$3 million worth of beef and related products in 2005, a volume expected to be increased next year. Taiwan is also discussing importing chicken meat from Panama, he added.

(By Ramon Huang and Deborah Kuo)
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