High-ranking government officials from the Republic of China – Taiwan (ROC-Taiwan) are set to arrive in Palau early March ahead of President Tsai Ing-Wen’s scheduled first state visit.
Seventeen Taiwanese government officials including Protocol Director General Jung-Chun Cheng of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Foreign Affairs Senior Secretary Chia- Ming Fan, and Public Affairs Section Chief Yueh-Jing Lee, among others are expected to arrive in the country on March 2.
Island Times previously reported that Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. announced during a leadership meeting that Taiwan’s President will be visiting Palau by the end of March.
This is going to be the second time that a president of Taiwan is visiting Palau. It was in 2006 when Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian visited the country as part of the tour to visit its Pacific Island allies.
Meanwhile, Beijing reportedly intensifies its lobbying in the Pacific by trying to convince the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an inter-governmental organization in the region, to accept the One-China policy.
The One-China Policy recognizes that Taiwan is but a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Taiwan, however, asserts its sovereignty as a separate nation.
Palau is one of the few remaining allies of Taiwan in the region alongside Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Tuvalu. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)