May 03, 2018 Business & Finance Comments Off on Dominican students in Taiwan request continued financial support
Taipei, A group of 26 Dominican students studying in Taiwan wrote to their government Thursday, asking it to guarantee the same financial or academic support whether they stay in Taiwan or transfer to China.
The letter was prompted by the Dominican Republic's decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing Tuesday.
"The decision of the Dominican Republic to terminate diplomatic relations withe Taiwan and establish a formal relationship with the People's Republic of China has brought about unexpected consequences," they said in the letter to Dominican President Danilo Medina posted on the group's Facebook page.
Although China has promised to provide them with the same treatment as they receive in Taiwan, the students said that the majority of them who have been consulted about their future study plans would prefer to remain in Taiwan, and requested that their government consider the particular situation of each of them.
Given that most of them are on scholarships provided by the Taiwan government, they said they are not in a position to drop their studies here, either for academic or personal reasons.
For instance, some are in the middle of working on their thesis and are therefore unable to leave their schools, they said, adding that their government must offer them the same support in line with the situation of each individual.
Regarding those who wish to complete their studies in Taiwan, they asked the Dominican government to guarantee that they will continue to enjoy the treatment currently provided by their scholarships such as monthly stipend, accommodation, health insurance, spending on books and air fares.
Those who plan to go to China, meanwhile, asked for guidance when choosing universities there and a place to live, as well as scholarships that provide at least the same conditions that they received in Taiwan and validation of the credits of the courses they have completed in Taiwan.
They also asked the Dominican government to guarantee financial support for those wishing to return to their country.
The termination of formal diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the Dominican Republic has left Taiwan with only 19 diplomatic allies, including the Vatican in Europe and others in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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