Taiwan President to visit Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands

No word yet on whether Tsai will stop over in Guam

President Tsai to visit three Pacific allies. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will start on a journey to three allies in the Pacific – the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands – later this month, the Presidential Office announced Friday.

Due to pressure from China, Taiwan now only has 20 official diplomatic allies, mostly small or impoverished nations in Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

For her latest foreign outing, Tsai will leave Taiwan on October 28 and return on November 4, Deputy Foreign Minister Francois Wu (吳志中) said Friday.

There were no details about whether she would pass through the United States territory of Guam for a refueling stop, which previous President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) did during a tour of the region in 2010, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported.

Since taking office in May last year, the president has visited Paraguay and Panama, which this year switched recognition to China, and five allies in Latin America.