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Taiwan Gives $2.2 million to El Salvador for Education and Regional Integration

The Republic of China (Taiwan) gave $2,221,785 to El Salvador for education and Central American integration, announced the Ministry of External Relations yesterday.

The Minister of External Relations, Hugo Martínez, the Minister of Education, Carlos Canjura, and the Taiwanese ambassador to El Salvador, Florencia Hsie, presided over the disbursement of funds yesterday.

Specifically, $221,785 of the funds will support a project titled “Promoting institutional capacities and strengthening the Central American integration process” executed by the Chancellery.

The other $2 million from Taiwan will support the National Literacy Plan executed by the Ministry of Education.

Martínez said that the Literacy Plan will help the young and old in the departments of Santa Ana, Sonsonate, La Libertad, San Salvador, Usulután, San Miguel, and La Unión.

“As you can see, the funds we have received have been very well taken advantage of; this is part of the responsibility that as a Government we have to maximize the resources entrusted to us, in addition to making an efficient and transparent management of them,” said Minister Martínez.

International Relations with China and Taiwan

Only 20 countries have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, including Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Both the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China (China) use financial incentives to establish and maintain diplomatic relationships.

Last year Panama ended its relations with Taiwan in favor of a relationship with China.

At the time the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, said that the decision to recognize China had nothing to do with money, according to Reuters.

Shortly after his decision a group, including the China Harbour Engineering Company, began construction of a Panamanian port for cruise ships. That project cost $165 million and was the first project between Panama and China since they established diplomatic relations.

In November the president of China, Xi Jinping, visited Panama. During his trip, Xi signed 19 deals with President Varela, including a study of a free trade agreement between their countries.

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