Oklahoma not alone in weathering storms

Published: May 28, 2011

To The Editor:

The May 24, 2011 tornado outbreak, killing 10 people in Oklahoma, has touched the hearts of many within Oklahoma and around the world. It is hard to measure the devastation in lost lives and property damage; the human cost is incalculable.

Last year, Oklahoma and Taiwan reaffirmed their strong sister-state relationship at a signing ceremony in the Capitol some 30 years after the original agreement was formally commenced. It is with this spirit that Taiwan extends its deepest condolence to Oklahoma.

Taiwan understands the hardship natural disasters can bring. In 2009, Taiwan was pummeled by Typhoon Morakot which caused similar hardship. During the disaster the local and central government worked together along side civil organizations to dig out and rebuild stronger than ever.

One way Taiwan is trying now to do its part is to meaningfully participate with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which concentrates on standardizing and reducing carbon emissions, in order to make the world’s climate more safe and healthy for all. 

While participation will not change large patterns overnight, it focuses on lasting solutions to our shared environmental challenges. It is with this solidarity and friendship that Taiwan stands with the people of Oklahoma.

      Cheng Erh Lin

Senior Executive Press officer

Press Division, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Houston
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