FORMER MARSHALL ISLANDS MINISTER CRITICAL OF GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (December 3, 1998 - PACNEWS/RNZI)---A former cabinet minister in the Marshall Islands has voiced strong concern over the government's recognition of Taiwan.

Senator Christopher Loeak says the move will damage the Marshall Islands reputation internationally, and could lead to future problems with China.

Senator Loeak was a cabinet minister from the late 1980s until he lost his post two months ago. He says there have been rumors about money being involved in the deal.

The Marshall Islands and Taiwan agreed to establish formal diplomatic ties last month in addition to Majuro's links with China forged in 1990.

The Foreign Minister, Phillip Muller, said earlier the recognition of Taiwan will result in major economic developments for the Marshall Islands.

There have been allegations that recognition of Taiwan may be involved with proposals to use Marshall Islands areas for the disposal of Taiwanese toxic waste.

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