Palau. In September, Palau received more than $ 4 million in aid from Taiwan, which the country has recognized politically since 2002. The money, which would go to, among other things, road repairs and other infrastructure, was given in connection with Palau hosting the first Taiwan-six summit island states in Oceania. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Palau1 include Independence Day (October) and New Year (January 1). The participating countries agreed to cooperate in a number of different areas. Taiwan also accounted for much of the costs of the summit itself.
In 1981, Gordon Mochire – owner of IPESCO (International Power Systems) – arrived in Palau for the purpose of building a 16 MW power plant. The United States declared itself willing to fund the project if Palau agreed to amend the constitution.
President Haruo Remeliik was persuaded to conduct a referendum aimed at approving Mochire’s project along with the transformation of the country into “free associate state”. But the change did not get the necessary 75% of the vote for the constitution to be changed. In 1983, the president signed agreements to raise a $ 37.5 million loan.
The power plant was built in 1984. The following year Remeliik declined to print a third referendum on constitutional amendments. This time, the United States wanted to remove its nuclear-free zone status. 10 days later, Remeliik was shot as he got out of his car.
Palau’s Congress now, under pressure from the president, changed the constitution so that it could be changed by a simple majority. In a subsequent vote on August 21, 1987, Palau agreed to become a “free associate state” with the United States.
In 1987-88, several assassination attempts and threats against the opposition came. Among those threatened was a women’s group that, in August 1987, tried to get the poll results from August 21st. In April 1988, the Supreme Court ruled in the constitutional case, declaring that 75% support was needed to approve the Association Agreement with the United States.