Thu, Jan 27, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Chen Shui-bian set to leave on visit to South Pacific states

CNA , TAIPEI

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) will leave Taipei today for a five-day state visit of Palau and the Solomon Islands -- two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the South Pacific.

Chen will be the first Taiwanese president to visit the nation's diplomatic allies in the South Pacific.

According to the itinerary unveiled by the Presidential Office, Chen will meet with Palauan President Tommy Remengesau shortly after his arrival on the afternoon of Jan. 27. Later, he will address the Palauan Parliament and host a dinner in honor of Taiwanese expatriates there.

The following day, he will first attend Remengesau's inauguration for a second term, after which Remengesau will captain a yacht to take Chen on a leisure voyage that will include a visit to a "dolphin park." In the evening, Chen will attend Remengesau's inaugural dinner party.

Chen will leave Palau for the Solomon Islands Jan. 29. That evening, he will view a qualifying match for the 2006 Oceania Youth Football Championship in the company of the Solomon Islands prime minister and will then attend a welcome dinner in his honor.

On Jan. 30, he will meet with an Taiwan agricultural mission stationed in the Solomon Islands, attend the inaugural ceremony for a Taiwan-donated hospital and visit a children's hospital. In the afternoon, he will give interviews to the media, and he will host a "thank you" dinner in honor of Solomon Islands officials, staff of the Taiwanese Embassy and the agricultural mission.

Chen will meet with Solomon Islands Governor-General Nathaniel Waena on Jan. 31, deliver a speech at the country's parliament and sign a joint communique before leaving for home. Chen will also make a five-hour transit stop in the US territory of Guam, where he will meet with the administrative leader and other political figures. He will also attend a dinner hosted by Taiwan expatriates in his honor before leaving for home.

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