Flotilla finishes visit
The navy ended a three-day public relations port call in the Dominican Republic yesterday. Personnel from the three-vessel Friendship Flotilla met with local military officials and political leaders, the Republic of China embassy said. A navy honor guard arrived at the port of Santo Domingo on Sunday and was greeted upon arrival by Ambassador Thomas Hou (侯平福), along with Dominican military and political figures, and Taiwanese expatriates, the embassy said. The flotilla’s visit was part of a worldwide tour to enhance diplomatic ties with the nation’s allies. The last time the navy visited the Dominican Republic was in 2008. The honor guard performed drills in the plaza of Santo Domingo’s National Theater on Sunday, followed by performances by a naval marching band and taekwondo team. The flotilla consists of the Lafayette-class frigate Wu Chang, the Cheng Kung-class frigate Cheng Kung and the fleet oiler Wu Yi.
Tourist’s body found
Police said yesterday that they had found the body of a Chinese tourist who went missing while visiting Yangmingshan National Park in suburban Taipei. The body of the man, believed to be about 70, was found in a valley in the 11,455-hectare park at about 10am. The cause of death has not been released pending the results of an autopsy. Police began a search a few days ago after being notified by a travel agency that the man had gone missing in the park. Meanwhile, officials said that speeding might have been the cause of a bus accident on Alishan Highway on Monday that slightly injured 20 Chinese tourists from Shanghai. An initial investigation found the tour bus driver failed to slow down on a downhill section of the road.