24 Jan 2008

Taiwan's vice president to visit Pacific allies

2:36 pm on 24 January 2008

Taiwan's vice president Annette Lu will kick off a four-nation tour of the Pacific islands next week with an overnight stop in the capital of the Marshall Islands, Majuro.

Ms Lu will be visiting four of the six Pacific nations that recognise Taiwan, three of which have had recent changes in their heads of government.

The visit is seen as a move by Taipei to cement relations with the newly elected leaders in these Pacific nations.

Taiwan officials in the Marshall Islands say she is expected to arrive next Wednesday.

She will also visit Nauru, Solomon Islands and Palau on the trip.

All except Palau have seen government changes in the last two months.

This is her first visit to the Marshall Islands.