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TAIWAN PRIME MINISTER VISITS.

Taiwan's prime minister arrived in Panama, the second stop on his Latin American tour, to boost trade and diplomatic ties, reports VOANews (Aug. 9, 2002). Yu Shyi-Kun and Panama's second vice president, Dominador Bazan, were scheduled to sign a free-trade agreement. Mr. Yu arrived in Panama City after a two-day visit to Haiti, where he discussed a plan to establish a US$6 million hat factory that could provide as many as 2,000 jobs. Panama and Haiti are among Taiwan's only 27 diplomatic allies in the world, most of which are small, poor countries in Africa or Central America and the Caribbean. China considers the self-governed island a renegade province. The U.S. and most other countries do not recognize the Taipei government. Mr. Yu's trip was also scheduled to include stops in Costa Rica and Belize.

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