Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen waves at a group of Taiwanese supporters who awaited her arrival at the Palau International Airport as she stepped out of the China Airlines planeduring her first state visit to the country on March 21. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Republic of China – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her delegation received a warm welcome from Palauans and the Taiwanese community during her arrival in the country at around 8pm on March 21.

High ranking Palauan government officials headed by Vice President Raynold Oilouch received President Ing-wen at the airport in her first state visit to the country.

Taiwanese residents in Palau also cheered and raised both Palau and Taiwan’s flags as the President walked through the red carpet at Palau’s only airport.

Taiwan’s President, who’s always been pictured wearing a dark colored overcoat, was wearing a white long-sleeved polo shirt with prints of what appeared to be taro leaves. Taro is one of the most important crops in Palau.

President Ing-wen then entered the limo that carried her to the Palau Royal Resort in Koror where a dinner reception awaited her.

Palauan students were also seen standing along the Minatobashi bridge and Long Island road, bringing with them flag lanterns to welcome and acknowledge her arrival.

At the Palau Royal Resort, she met Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., the traditional chiefs, and other government officials.

President Ing-wen is scheduled to visit several sites in Palau and engaged in bilateral meeting. She is also going to meet the members of the national congress at the capitol, attend tree-planting activity, visit the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM), and visit the Senior Citizens center, among others.

After her state visit to Palau, President Ing-wen will leave for Nauru, and then the Republic of Marshall Islands.

The Taiwan President’s visit to its Pacific allies came after growing concerns of Beijing luring away Taipei’s remaining allies in the region.

Beijing continues to see the self-ruling Taipei as a breakaway province awaiting reunification since the two entities split up after a civil war in 1949. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)