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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 22, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)---The new Republic of China (Taiwan) Ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Pei-Yin Teng, has presented his letter of credence to the nation's Acting Governor General, Paul Tovua.

Speaking in Honiara during a formal credentials ceremony yesterday, Teng said China acknowledged the continuing cordial relationship it has with the Solomon Islands.

Although the Melanesian nation is small in population, Teng said, the world recognizes its position of equality in international organizations.

Tovua replied by saying the Solomon Islands believes in equal representation in international organizations, like the United Nations, and sees no reason why Taiwan should not be included in world bodies.

Tovua thanked the Republic of China for its agricultural support, the funding of the national referral hospital and the training programs it has made available to the Solomon Islands.

Teng replaces Thomas Hsieh who was recalled in July following charges of interfering in internal Solomon Islands political affairs.

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