Taiwan's Vice-Foreign Minister, Mr. H.K. Yang met with Liberian officials in the capital Monrovia on?
GV EXT. State Department.
SV Foreign Minister Grimes shaking hands with Mr. Yang and sitting down.
CU Grimes PAN TO Yang.
GV Executive Mansion.
SV President Tolbert shaking hands with Mr. yang and Chinese ambassador.
SV Mr. Yang and Chinese ambassador seated.
SV President Tolbert speaking.
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Background: Taiwan's Vice-Foreign Minister, Mr. H.K. Yang met with Liberian officials in the capital Monrovia on Wednesday (15 September). Mr. Yang has been on a tour of Africa to obtain support from the African nations about Taiwan's position in the United Nations. His visit to Liberia coincides with reports that top government officials in Monrovia may recognise the Peoples Republic of China at the U.N. Some Liberian officials expressed the belief that it is unfair to the Peoples Republic of China not to be represented at the United Nations since that country's population exceeds that of Taiwan's. Mr. Yang met with Liberian Secretary of State, Mr. Joseph Grimes and President Tolbert to discuss the issue.
SYNOPSIS: The State Department in Liberia's capital, Monrovia was the site of talks between Liberia's Secretary of State, Mr. Joseph Grimes and Taiwan's visiting Vice-Foreign Minister, Mr. H.K. Yang. Mr. Yang conferred with Liberian officials on Wednesday.
Mr. Yang's call on the Secretary of State coincides with Mr. Grimes schedules departure from Liberia to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Later in the day, Mr. Yang met with Liberia's President William Tolbert. The Taiwanese Foreign Minister is in Liberia to obtain support for Taiwan's position in the United Nations. Mr. Yang told journalist that he was certain that by his visit to Liberia and his meetings with the leaders of the country that Taiwan can be assured of support at the U.N.
Mr. Yang's visit to Liberia is part of an African tour that is intended to increase Taiwan's strength a the upcoming U.N. meetings.