Mon, May 02, 2005 - Page 1 News List

Chen asks Soong to be his messenger

GOODWILL President Chen Shui-bian said yesterday that he asked People First Party Chairman James Soong to act as his messenger during a visit to China this week

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER , IN MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS

In the afternoon, Chen will board a canoe with Note for the launching ceremony of a canoe contest.

Chen will leave for Tarawa, Kiribati's capital, tomorrow.

In Tarawa, the president is scheduled to deliver a speech at Kiribati's parliament at 3pm.

On Wednesday, Chen will leave for Funafuti, Tuvalu's capital. However, due to the limitations of Funafuti International Airport's facilities, only propeller aircraft will be allowed to land. Half of Chen's team will therefore fly directly to Agana, Guam, while the president and 15 reporters visit the country.

According to the official schedule, the president will meet with Tuvalu Governor Filoimea Telito and Prime Minister Maatia Toafa and will sign an agreement with Toafa after the meetings.

Chen, officials and reporters will leave Funafuti for Guam on the same day and will return to Taiwan on Thursday.

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