Marshall Islands President Makes State Visit To Taiwan

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Loeak to meet ROC President, receive honorary doctoral degree

By Giff Johnson

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, Nov. 25, 2014) – President Christopher Loeak and first lady Anono are scheduled to begin a five-day state visit to Taiwan Tuesday this week.

Loeak is expected to meet with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou and will receive an honorary doctoral degree.

Loeak will be accompanied in Taiwan by its ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Winston Chen.

During the Taiwan visit, Loeak is expected to meet Marshallese students studying in Taiwan universities and visit Taipei Medical University to receive an honorary doctoral degree.

He will also meet with officials at the International Cooperation and Development Fund, which supports numerous development projects in the Marshall Islands, including the Taiwan Technical Mission that operates a major farm and animal husbandry operation in Majuro.

The president’s office in Majuro said Loeak will also visit Mo-tech Industries Inc. that is providing renewable energy equipment to the Marshall Islands, and Shuang Ho Hospital that provides medical services.

He is to be accompanied on the trip by Health Minister Phillip Muller and his wife, Yolenda, Sen. Jerakoj Bejang, and staff.

The Marshall Islands is one of the 22 countries, including the Vatican, that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan which calls itself the "Republic of China" but is considered a "renegade province" by China.

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