Taiwan firm delegations together with the Palau business owners during the kickoff of the trade and investment mission in Palau on August 12 at the Palau Royal Resort. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

A Taiwanese foreign trade promotion company, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), brought delegations from Taiwan’s biggest firms to conduct a four-day trade and investment mission in Palau that kicked off yesterday, August 12.

TAITRA Vice Chairman Suo-Hang Chuang said that this is their first mission in the country and in Micronesia.

The company will also conduct the same trade mission in the Republic of Marshall Islands from August 14-18 and in Nauru, which had just recognized Taiwan as a sovereign and independent nation in March 2019, from August 18-20.

“We are a huge organization and we run the international trade just like a missionary. We hope that through our effort we can enhance the trade relationship between Palau and Taiwan,” Chuang said, explaining that their mission was in response to the direct instruction of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to do their best to improve trade relations between the two nations.

“Since we all face the boycott from China – that kind of behavior is very uncivilized. We will stand tall and we will face it all and we will fix this,” Chuang added.

Taiwan’s players in the industries of clean energy, agriculture, telecommunications, fisheries, and others had a matching talk with the business companies in Palau during the first day of the mission held at the Palau Royal Resort (PRR).

Taiwan President Ing-wen visited Palau in March after growing concerns of Beijing allegedly luring away Taipei’s few 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)