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Suriname official mulls Taiwan proposal

Suriname official mulls Taiwan proposal

A Suriname cabinet minister has advised a rational approach to Taiwan's offer to assist the country in its developmental goals in return for diplomatic recognition.
In response to Taiwan's offer of assistance, Suriname's Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation Rick van Ravenswaay said that "if Taiwan is serious, we should look at their offer very seriously, bearing in mind Suriname's socio-economic development."
Suriname-Taiwan Friendship Foundation's secretary, David Chen (陳澄雄), originally submitted Taiwan's offer to Suriname's president, vice president, and all political parties that hold seats in Suriname's parliament.
In political hands
Chen clarified that the foundation is "not a political organization" and that "politics now should decide what happens."
The foundation points out that neither the 2005-2010 Government Policy Statement nor its Long Term Development Plan state that Suriname adheres to the one-China policy. Moreover, neither document states that friendly relations with Taiwan are prohibited.
Suriname's Vice President Ramdien Sardjoe said that the government does in fact adhere to the one-China policy, but that it is "not interfering in China's internal affairs, so we are not violating the terms of the one-China policy."
Let's be friends
In addition, according to Chen, Taiwan is not aiming at a quid pro quo from Suriname, but only "recognition and friendship." Taiwan has offered financial grants for road improvement and other infrastructure, agriculture and animal husbandry, land development, housing, tourism, budgetary assistance and education.
"Unlike other countries which come to Suriname to gain financial benefits, Taiwan wants to assist Suriname. Taiwan needs diplomatic allies and friendship," Chen said.
The Caribbean Net News also notes van Ravenswaay as saying that "we would be very stupid to turn down Taiwan's offer without giving it any sincere consideration."
"We should not look emotionally at this issue, but rationally," he added.


Updated : 2021-10-17 21:31 GMT+08:00