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Taiwan to mediate Dominican Haitian immigration dispute

Ma to Initiate Conflict Resolution Talks between DR and Haiti. President Ma Ying-jeou, a strong ally of both the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti, has offered to act as a negotiator in the conflict surrounding the immigration issue between the two Caribbean nations, who share the island of Hispaniola.

Ma wants to help the DR and Haiti reach a resolution regarding Haitian migrants in the DR and their descendants being forced out of the country due to a Constitutional Court ruling that considers the undocumented aliens transients. Furthermore, their descendants born in the DR have lost their automatic birthright. The backlash from the international community has placed the DR on the defensive. Denying the planned mass deportations were a form of ethnic cleansing, it now says there will be no mass deportations.

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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou pledges to aid Haiti

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou paid a state visit to Haiti and met with his equal, President Martelly, at the Presidential Palace. Ma informed Martelly Taiwan is as committed as ever to assisting Haiti in its reconstruction efforts, born of 2010's colossal earthquake.

Martelly let Ma know progress on reconstruction of the country has been disappointing. A mere 10% of construction projects have been finished. Ma assured Martelly he can count on Taiwan's ongoing efforts to see Haiti rise from the ashes of destruction towards a strong economy and sustainable growth.

Of the many projects the Taiwanese government is committed to in Haiti, the development of solar energy is a high priority. If Taiwan can provide the resources for green energy, Haiti could slash electricity generation expenses, and with the savings apply them to critical reconstruction programs.

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Taiwan Gives Haiti $100,000 to Eliminate Chikungunya

Taiwan, Haiti's ally for more than 50 years, is stepping up to help Haiti fight a new epidemic, the Chikungunya virus, whose first case was reported in May 2013. So far estimates range from 39,000'40,000 of the Haitian populace, afflicted with the debilitating disease. The statistics were released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department, Deputy Director General, Florencia Hsie. The Ministry covers South American Caribbean Affairs.

The Taiwanese government has given Haiti $100,000 USD to use for methods to halt the virus in its tracks. Two types of mosquitoes are carriers of Chikungunya, the Asian Tiger and Aides Aegypti. The technique will be to disinfect the places where they breed, so their eggs cannot hatch. It goes to the root of the problem and is a preventive measure.

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Martelly Visit to Taiwan to Renew Bi-Lateral Relations

Haiti's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced President Martelly will be paying a visit to Taiwan to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou for four days. The visit will be in conjunction with the anniversary of the two nation's diplomatic relationship, which began in April 1956. A phalanx of 30 senior government officials and business executives will accompany him. Among them are Duly Brutus, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Wilson Laleau, Minister of Commerce and Industry; and Thomas Jacques, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development.

A meeting between Brutus and Taiwanese Foreign Minister, David Lin, will center on Haitian rice production, and solutions to increasing the yield. It is expected the two men will co-sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the rice issue.

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Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou starts Caribbean tour in Haiti

Haiti's continued recognition of The Republic of China as a body which governs itself was met by the Asian country's readiness to offer almost $16 million to the recovery of the Caribbean nation after the crippling earthquake experienced in 2010. As such, a visit from Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou during his tour of those countries in the Caribbean and South America, of the 23 worldwide which support Taiwan's sovereignty, is a welcome one.

Met at the airport by President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Ma took stock of what he could of the country during his one day visit and held talks with the Haitian President at the presidential office concerning the reconstruction of the Port-au-Prince Supreme Court building, the project to which the donation had been appropriated. The two laid the ceremonial first stone of the building being built by OECC, a Taiwanese company based in the capital, Taipei. The new courthouse will be in the style of the neo-colonial and will be situated near the National Palace, also destroyed by the earthquake.

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China penalizes Haiti for maintaining relations with Taiwan

In a dramatic political move, China kept Haiti out of the USD $3 billion support funds. China announced this support fund in form of concessional loans to those Caribbean Community countries (CARICOM countries) that support the One China Policy of the People's Republic of China.

The countries that will benefit from this funding include Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Montserrat, Suriname, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. These countries support the One China Policy. One China Policy of People's Republic of China refuses to recognize a separate entity by the name Republic of China. Taiwan is administered by this separate entity.

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