President Tsai will leave Taiwan on 21 March 21 and is scheduled to arrive in Nauru on 24 March.
Noting that President Tsai led a delegation to visit the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and the Solomon Islands in 2017, dubbed "Sustainable Austronesia, Working Together for a Better Future—2017 State Visits to Pacific Allies," Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien stated that the president has wanted to once again visit the leaders of their Pacific allies for some time in response to their numerous invitations.
Nauru President Baron Waqa personally gave a written invitation to President Tsai when he visited Taiwan this past January.
President Tsai has decided to lead a delegation themed "Oceans of Democracy" on state visits to Palau and Nauru from March 21 to 26 in order to demonstrate how Taiwan values its diplomatic partners in the Pacific, and to further enhance links and friendly relations with Pacific nations.
During the trip, the delegation will exchange experiences with Taiwan’s diplomatic allies regarding democracy and the pursuit of sustainable development.
This visit will show that the ocean is not a barrier, but rather a link between their countries.
Deputy Minister Hsu said that the delegation will include National Security Council Secretary-General David T. Lee, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung , and Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples Icyang Parod , as well as legislators. Representatives of healthcare institutions and the business community participating in cooperative medical projects with Taiwan’s Pacific allies will also join the delegation.