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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Sept. 7) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian said his government is opening opportunities for workers from the Pacific allies to work in Taiwan.

Chen, in an interview with the local media here, however said the intention to hire workers from the Pacific allies has nothing to do with the diplomatic recognition issue.

"We have initiative or intention to hire labors from Pacific allies but not of fear or worry of China’s diplomatic aggression," Chen said.

He said in Taiwan there are about 300,000 foreign workers who are imported from countries, which have no diplomatic ties with them.

He said foreign workers from Taiwan come from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

These Asian countries have formal diplomatic relations with China.

He said these Pacific allies have been supportive of Taiwan.

"Why not hire this labors from Pacific allies to work in Taiwan?" he said.

Earlier, it was reported that Taiwan plans to import workers from Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Tuvalu, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands to allegedly prevent these countries from recognizing China.

September 8, 2006

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