TAICHUNG, TAIWAN AND KWAJALEIN ATOLL IN MARSHALL

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ISLANDS NOW SISTER CITIES

By Ella Lu

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (May 16, 2002 – Central News Agency)---Taichung City of the Republic of China and Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands signed an agreement Thursday (May 16) to establish sister city relations.

At the signing ceremony, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu mentioned that the two cities will not only increase cooperation on trade, art, culture, economics, education and social development, but will also exchange views and experiences regularly on municipal affairs. In addition, Hu, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs who established diplomatic ties with the Marshall Islands in 1998, expressed his sincere wish for continued reciprocal ties between the ROC and its North Pacific ally.

Kwajalein Atoll Mayor Wilmer Bolkeim said that he highly encourages his citizens to visit Taichung to witness Taiwan's advanced social and economic development.

Kwajalein Atoll, now the second-largest city in the Marshall Islands, covers 6.33 square miles and has a population of 13,500.

The U.S. Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site is currently located on Kwajalein Island.

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