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Tsai to visit three Pacific allies

2017-10-13
  • Deputy foreign minister Wu Chih-chung

    Deputy foreign minister Wu Chih-chung

    Wu said President Tsai Ing-wen will visit three Pacific allies later this month. (CNA photo)

President Tsai Ing-wen will undertake a weeklong trip to visit three of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific region later this month. The president will first visit the Marshall Islands, then Tuvalu, and finally the Solomon Islands.

 

Deputy foreign minister Wu Chih-chung said the trip would demonstrate the importance Taiwan places on its friendship with its Pacific allies.

 

"This trip will take in three nations with whom we have held diplomatic relations for the longest in the Pacific. In the South Pacific, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands have been our allies for more than 30 years. In the North Pacific, we have had relations with the Marshall Islands for nearly 20 years. This is President Tsai’s first visit to our Pacific allies since taking office; we hope it will show how much we value our long-standing friendship and our determination to deepen mutual ties," said Wu. 

 

Wu said Presidential Office secretary-general Joseph Wu and foreign minister David Lee would accompany President Tsai on the trip. The president will leave Taiwan on October 28 and return on November 4.