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President Tsai embarks on visit to Pacific allies

2017/10/28 09:21:42

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) departed Saturday for a visit to three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Pacific via the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Tsai is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu late Friday, local time, for a 34-hour transit stop, before reaching the Marshall Islands Monday afternoon, according to an itinerary released by the Presidential Office.

Tsai will arrive in Tuvalu Wednesday morning, while spending the night in the Solomon Islands.

Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands have been diplomatic allies of Taiwan for more than 30 years, while the Marshall Islands has had diplomatic relations for nearly 20 years.

During the visit, Tsai is scheduled to meet with the President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine, Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga and Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare to discuss bilateral relations and global issues.

Tsai will also visit joint medical, agriculture and livestock cooperation programs and address the national assemblies of the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands.

She will stop in the U.S. territory of Guam on Nov. 3 before returning home a day later.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)