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Taiwan terminates technical aid for Panama

ROC Central News Agency

2017/06/13 18:29:41

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Following the severance of diplomatic ties with Panama, Taiwan is terminating all of its technical aid programs in the Central American country.

The affected programs include one on citrus greening disease prevention and control as well as pest management, which was initiated in cooperation with the International Organization for Health in Agriculture.

Also affected is a training program for medical personnel, as well as a Chinese-language volunteer program.

Panama's Vice President Isabel Saint Malo signed a joint communiqué with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) in Beijing on Tuesday to formally establish diplomatic relations, in which Panama stressed that it would not maintain any official ties with Taiwan.

In response, Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said the government will halt all bilateral cooperative projects, cut all assistance to Panama, and pull out its diplomatic staff and technical missions from the country.

(By Scarlett Chai and Y.F. Low)
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