Palau’s local police and Taiwan’s presidential security officers are going to join forces for the upcoming state visit to Palau of Republic of China – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen slated March 21-23.

Justice Minister and Vice President Raynold Oilouch said in an interview that the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) is taking the security of President Tsai “seriously,”

Oilouch said that meetings are going on between Taiwan officials and Palau’s local police to ensure the safety and security of President Tsai during the duration of her stay in the country.

Oilouch said that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is also tapping for additional forces from other bureaus to help out in the security arrangements.

“I trust and I have the confidence in our police officers that they will provide adequate security for the president of Taiwan from the day she arrives until the day she leaves,” Oilouch said.

A Taiwan naval ship is also expected to arrive in Palau early next week and will be stationed here throughout the duration of President Tsai’s visit.

In a report by Taiwan Today, Taiwan’s state-run press, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hsu Szu-chien was quoted in saying that President Tsai’s eight-day visit to its Pacific allies, Palau, Nauru, and the Republic of Marshall Islands, “offers an opportunity for the heads of state to share respective experiences in promoting peace, sustainable development and inclusive prosperity.”

During her stay in the Marshall Islands, President Tsai is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the inaugural Pacific Women Leaders’ Coalition Conference in Majuro.

In our previous report, Beijing reportedly intensifies its lobbying in the Pacific by trying to convince the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an inter-governmental organization in the region, to accept the One-China policy.

Palau is one of the few remaining allies of Taiwan in the region alongside Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Tuvalu. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)