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Taiwan announces new envoys for Kiribati and Nauru

THE CHINA POST
February 13 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday the appointment of several new ambassadors to Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the South Pacific,as well as representatives to two European countries. Benjamin T.H. Ho, now deputy head of Taiwan's representative office in Singapore, will become Republic of China ambassador to Kiribati, while Jason C.H. Wan, currently serving in Canada, will be reassigned to lead the ROC embassy in the Pacific island nation of Nauru, according to the ministry.

T.S. Cheng and Abraham W.S. Chu, who attended a swearing-in ceremony earlier in the day, will head Taiwan's representative offices in Finland and Sweden, respectively, the MOFA added.

Foreign Minister Francisco H. L. Ou expressed hope at the ceremony that following President Ma Ying-jeou's call to prioritize economic issues in diplomacy, the two new delegates to the Scandinavian countries will help Taiwanese companies seek business opportunities there.

Finland and Sweden are considered among Taiwan's most important trading partners in Europe, holding the 36th and 38th positions, respectively, in the global ranking in terms of trade volume with Taiwan in 2008, according to the ministry.

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