VP makes stopover in New Delhi en route to Vatican
Central News Agency
2014-04-26 08:11 PM
New Delhi, April 26 (CNA) Vice President Wu Den-yih, who will represent the Republic of China at the April 27 canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, made a refueling stopover Saturday at an airport in New Delhi en route to the Holy See. The aircraft carrying Wu and his delegation landed at 12:53 p.m. before taking off again at 2:32 p.m. The 90-minute stopover makes Wu the first incumbent high-ranking ROC official to make a stopover in India's political hub. In addition to attending the canonizations, Wu will present Pope Francis with a portrait of the pope painted by Taiwanese artist Liang Dan-feng, on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, the Times of India reported on its front page that both India and Taiwan had tried to keep Wu's stopover secret. The report said that during the stopover, Wu was to meet with senior Indian officials. However, the report added that no Indian officials were prepared to comment on the matter, saying only that the economic and cultural relations between India and Taiwan have been enhanced and that India is not opposed to associating with Taiwan. The report was denied by Taiwan's top envoy to India James Tien, who said there were no arrangements for Wu to meet with Indian officials. (By Ho Horn-ru and Evelyn Kao)
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