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TUVALU PRIME MINISTER TALAKE WINDS UP WEEKLONG VISIT TO TAIWAN

By Lilian Wu

TAIPEI, Taiwan (April 22, 2002 - Taiwan Central News Agency)---Tuvalu Prime Minister
Koloa Talake left for home Monday after winding up a weeklong visit to the Republic of
China.

Talake, who arrived in Taipei April 16th, called on President Chen Shui-bian, Premier
Yu Shyi-kun and Foreign Affairs Minister Eugene Chien during his visit.

During his meeting with President Chen April 18th, Talake said that he was impressed by
Taiwan's development in every aspect and that his country can learn from Taiwan in
terms of its economic development.

He also reaffirmed that Tuvalu cherishes its friendship with the Republic of China and
will continue to support Taiwan's bid for a seat in the United Nations.

Chen noted that Tuvalu established diplomatic relations with the ROC in 1979, one year
after its independence, and that the two nations have worked closely during the past 23
years.

Tuvalu joined the United Nations in September 2000, becoming its 289th member.

Talake also visited various cultural and fishery establishments during his stay in
Taiwan, as well as the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, the heart of Taiwan's
high-tech industry.



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