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KOROR, Palau (January 5, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Palau's Minister of State, Sabino Anastacio, says his government established diplomatic links with Taiwan because it wants to expand international ties.

Palau and Taiwan formalized diplomatic relations last week, and Taipei is expected to set up an ambassadorial office in Koror later this year.

Anastacio said that Taiwan is a source of substantial tourism dollars for Palau, and Taiwan investors are involved in a number of the Micronesian nation’s significant projects and enterprises.

The Minister said Palau has also been in discussions with the 16-nation South Pacific Forum to increase Pacific region commerce with Palau.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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