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Pacific tour successfully accomplishes goals: president

2017/11/04 18:05:37

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has called her eight-day Pacific tour a success in achieving the goals set prior to her departure on Oct. 28.

Speaking after arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Saturday, Tsai said she set two goals for the trip -- to promote Taiwan's ability to contribute to international causes and to check up on fellow nationals living or working abroad -- and both were achieved.

She thanked everyone involved for the success of the trip, which not only helped inform her of the realities on the ground but also allowed her to see how medical and technical missions representing Taiwan are making a difference in allied countries.

In particular, her visit to three of Taiwan's Pacific island allies -- the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands -- strengthened Taiwan's ties with these countries by laying out new cooperation agreements in agriculture, health care and medicine.

Aside from the stops in the three diplomatic allies, Tsai also made an extended visit to Hawaii at the start of the trip, and spent a night in the U.S. territory Guam on the way back.

(By Wu Jui-chi and Kuan-lin Liu)