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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Central News Agency web site
Taipei, 13 May: President Chen Shui-bian urged the Norwegian government Thursday [13 May] to support Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO). Chen made the appeal while receiving Carl Hagen, chairman of Norway's right-wing Progress Party, who is currently in Taipei on a goodwill visit.
Despite the geographic distance, Chen said, Taiwan and Norway have shared values in pursuing freedom, democracy and progress. Noting that the two countries have traditionally maintained friendly ties, Chen said he is hopeful that bilateral trade and economic cooperation can be …