Republic of China Day trip demonstrates strong ties: President of Palau

TAIPEI, Wednesday, Oct. 5 (CNA) Palau’s President Surangel Whipps Jr. said his continued visit to Taiwan to attend the Republic of China (ROC) National Day celebrations is a strong partnership between the two allies. said to be a demonstration of

Arriving at Taoyuan International Airport, Whips Jr. told waiting reporters and a group of Taiwanese officials led by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu that he was excited to be back in Taiwan. .

The Palauan leader last visited Palau in March 2021, starting a travel bubble between the two as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented regular international travel.

The bubble plan didn’t go as planned, but Palau’s president said he was confident international travel would return to pre-pandemic levels, adding that Palau would once again welcome visitors from Taiwan.

Whips and his delegation arrived in Taiwan to attend the Oct. 10 celebrations commemorating the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that led to the overthrow of China’s last dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China.

He has also been invited to speak on Friday’s opening day at this year’s Taipei-based Yushan Forum, where he will deliver a speech based on the forum’s theme, “Rejuvenate, Reorient, and Reconnect.”

According to Whipps Jr., his visit is “a demonstration of our strong partnership and relationship.”

“Palau is lucky to have strong friends who have helped us through our most difficult times,” Whips Jr. said.

Whipps Jr. thanked the Taiwanese government for ensuring flights between the two countries were operated so that Palauan patients could come to Taiwan for treatment.

He added that providing flights and medical care was important to his people’s well-being.

His country just celebrated its 28th anniversary of independence from the United States on September 30, and Whips Jr. said it was important that both Taiwan and Palau continue to celebrate and protect their freedom.

“We believe in a free and open Indo-Pacific and that we should work together for peace and prosperity around the world,” he added.

(Joseph Yeh)

End Item/ASG Republic of China Day trip demonstrates strong ties: President of Palau

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