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President thanks U.S. for assistance in wake of typhoon

President thanks U.S. for assistance in wake of typhoon

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou thanked the United States Tuesday for its assistance to Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot lashed the country Aug. 7-10.
"The Republic of China government and people wholeheartedly appreciate the United States for its provision of large helicopters which helped transport heavy machinery to disaster areas, " Ma said during a meeting with visiting Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry at the Presidential Office.
Ma also thanked Henry for the support that his state extended to Taiwan, such as favoring Taiwan's participation in world bodies and the idea of Taiwan signing a free trade agreement with the United States.
It was Henry's first visit to Taiwan since he assumed office in 2003. Taiwan Province and the state of Oklahoma will celebrate their 30th anniversary of sisterhood ties next year.
Typhoon Morakot had killed 292 people, with another 385 missing, mostly residents buried by a landslide in Siaolin village, Kaohsiung County, according to official estimates.
The typhoon also caused tens of billions of dollars-worth of losses in the agricultural, livestock and fish farming sectors, sending local prices of vegetables, fruit, fish and meat soaring.
(By Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-02-27 12:37 GMT+08:00