On the evening of March 22nd, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. hosted a state dinner in honor of President Tsai Ing-wen, who made the Republic of Palau the first stop of her “Oceans for Democracy” tour in the Micronesian Region.
Welcoming President Tsai in the year that marks the 25th anniversary of Palau’s Independence and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Palau and the ROC, President Remengesau noted, “This theme is particularly appropriate for these anniversary celebrations, because the freedoms and rights that democratic government provides are precious ones, and can never be taken for granted. They underpin our advocacy of the international rule of law, promotion of human rights, and sustainable development that leaves no one behind. For while many miles of ocean lie between the Republic of China and Palau, this shared commitment to democracy unites us ever more closely in a global context that is fraught with uncertainty. “
The President further added, “As we look back on our short existence as an independent state, we are proud to count you and the Republic of China among our closest friends. These first two decades of friendship between Palau and the Republic of China have already had many high points. Your visit is a fitting way to mark the beginning of the next two decades of friendship, where the ocean between us will seem ever smaller, and our democracies will flourish ever more. “