Presidential Office: Trips to be announced when plans final

The presidential office said on Monday that if the president and vice president have any planned overseas trips, they will be announced once the plans are final. The office was responding to reports that President Tsai Ing-wen will visit Taiwan's South Pacific allies in July.

When Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga of the Solomon Islands visited Taiwan last month, President Tsai told him that she would like to visit his country. Then on Monday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Wang Ding-yu asked Foreign Minister David Lee if there was any particular reason for Tsai mentioning a visit. Lee said that there was no particular issue at hand. But the president is reportedly considering a trip to strengthen ties, as Solomon Islands is the largest and most populous of Taiwan's six allies in the South Pacific.

The foreign minister also said if there are plans for the president to make an overseas trip, they will be kept under wraps until all the plans are final.

Source: Radio Taiwan International