TAIPEI (CNA) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) treated visiting foreign dignitaries to a cup of Taiwan’s signature bubble milk tea as they took part in Double Ten National Day celebrations at a reception Tuesday that was attended by some 4,000 guests.
Tsai joined Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Honduran Second Vice President Ava Rossana Guevara Pinto and Paraguay’s Supreme Court head Luis Maria Benitez Riera, for a tour of various booths at the Taipei Guest House offering a wide range of local and international cuisines.
The group stopped at the booth of Hanli Tea House, which offers the internationally acclaimed Taiwan bubble milk tea, which Tsai introduced to Sopoaga and Guevara.
Prior to Tsai’s arrival at the reception, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) also showed the guests to another booth providing guabao, or pork belly buns, a traditional Taiwanese snack.
Both Sopoaga and Guevara seemed to enjoy the dish.
The group moved on to enjoy artistic performances before Tsai left for Taitung to host the National Day fireworks display.
Also attending the reception were St. Lucia Senate President Andy Daniel, St. Lucia House Speaker Leonne Theodore-John, Swaziland Home Affairs Minister Tsandzile Dlamini and Wyoming Governor Matthew Mead, as well as Canadian and Japanese congress delegations, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
By Joseph Yeh