TAIWAN PRESIDENT CHEN HOLDS TALKS WITH TUVALU PM TALAKE
By Sofia Wu
TAIPEI, Taiwan (April 18, 2002 – Taiwan Central News Agency)---President
met with visiting Tuvalu Prime Minister Koala Talake Thursday to exchange
matters of mutual concern.
President Chen extended a warm welcome to Talake, saying his visit
importance that Tuvalu has attached to its relations with the Republic of
This is Talake's second trip to Taiwan since he assumed office in
Tuvalu established formal diplomatic ties with the ROC less than a year
its independence in 1978.
Over the past 23 years, Chen said the two countries have maintained close
Chen attributed the solid friendship between the two countries mainly to
belief in such universal values as freedom, democracy and human rights.
Sitting at a strategically important location in the South Pacific, Tuvalu
with rich marine resources. The country also boasts stable politics and
ranks among the
countries with the world's best human rights records.
Tuvalu was admitted to the United Nations in September 2000, becoming the
member. It has since spared no efforts in speaking in support of the ROC's
bids to join
the United Nations and other major international organizations.
Chen told Talake that the ROC government and people appreciate his
support for Taiwan's increased presence in the world arena.
"We also hope that our bilateral cooperation in various fields, including
fishing, can be further expanded," Chen added.
For his part, Talake said he is impressed by Taiwan's economic prosperity
"I think my country has much to learn from Taiwan in terms of economic
Talake also assured Chen that Tuvalu will continue its unswerving support
bid to join major international bodies, including the United Nations and
Talake arrived in Taipei Tuesday for a weeklong visit aimed at promoting
trade and cooperation in diverse fields. Talake is being accompanied by a
entourage on his visit.
During their stay, the visitors from the South Pacific island nation will
senior ROC officials and tour major cultural and economic establishments
departing April 22.