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The archipelago of Palau is composed of some 700 islands
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.L4)

35Mil BC    A volcanic range of Pacific islands east of the Philippines was pushed up about this time and came to form the archipelago of Palau.
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.L4)

2500 BC    Mariners believed to be from Indonesia and Malaysia set up shop among the islands of Palau about this time.
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.L4)

161        At Badrulchau, Babeldoab, Palau, a field of 37 stone monoliths each weighing up to 5 tons was created about this time.
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.L4)(http://tinyurl.com/o9hzey3)

1944        Mar 30, The U.S. fleet attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
    (HN, 3/30/98)

1971        Australia joined with New Zealand and 14 independent of self-governing island nations to form the South Pacific Forum. The name was changed in 2000 to Pacific Islands Forum. Member states include: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006, associate members territories are New Caledonia and French Polynesia. In 2011 Guam, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa became associate members.
    (Econ, 10/20/07, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Forum)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.41)

1994        May 25, Palau became an independent nation.

2007        Aug 7, Administers in Vienna said that the mid-Pacific nation of Palau has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 139 the number of countries that have fully endorsed the pact. The treaty, which bans all nuclear explosions, will not enter into force until it has been ratified by 44 states listed in an annex that participated in a 1996 disarmament conference and have nuclear power or research reactors. Only 34 of the 44 countries have both signed and ratified the pact. The holdouts are China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea and the United States.
    (AP, 8/7/07)

2009        Jun 10, Palau agreed to accept 17 Chinese Muslims who have languished in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay. President Johnson Toribiong said the decision of Palau, one of a handful of countries that does not recognize China and maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan, was "a humanitarian gesture" intended to help the detainees restart their lives.
    (AP, 6/10/09)

2009        Sep 9, Lawyers said 3 Chinese Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay formally accepted an offer to take up new lives in the Pacific island nation of Palau and could be moved there as early as next month.
    (AP, 9/10/09)

2009        Sep 25, Palau announced to the UN General Assembly that it is creating a shark and ray sanctuary over some 240,000 square miles around its coastline. Palau had just one boat to patrol the protected waters. Some 20,000 people populated the 190-square mile archipelago.
    (SFC, 9/25/09, p.A6)

2009        Nov 1, In Palau 6 Chinese Muslims, ethnic Uighers, newly released from Guantanamo Bay, traded life behind bars for rooms with ocean view in the tiny Pacific nation, which agreed to a US request to resettle them.
    (AP, 11/1/09)

2014        Jan 13, Japan said it has signed an agreement with Palau to allow Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by helping the small Pacific island cut greenhouse gas emissions.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)

2014        Palaus Pres. Tommy Remengesau proposed a complete ban on commercial fishing turning 600,000 square kms of its Exclusive Economic Zone into a marine reserve until world leaders implement programs to reverse devastations to its oceans and seas.
    (Econ, 7/6/14, p.46)

2014        Palau with a population was about 20,000 had a GDP of about $246 million. Its 16 states spread across 250 islands.
    (Econ, 7/6/14, p.46)

2015        Jan 21, British technology firm Satellite Applications Catapult launched a new satellite tracking system aiming to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing." Experts will be able to watch satellite feeds of the waters around Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the western Pacific island nation of Palau.
    (Reuters, 1/21/15)

2015        Jun 12, The tiny Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing in its waters, set fire to four boats belonging to Vietnamese caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.
    (AP, 6/12/15)

2015        Oct 28, The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau created a vast marine sanctuary the size of Spain, banning fishing across the bulk of its waters to preserve the ocean for future generations.
    (AFP, 10/28/15)

2015        The population of the Palau archipelago numbered about 21,000.
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.L4)

2017        Dec 5, The European Union put 17 non-EU countries on a blacklist of those it deems guilty of unfairly offering tax avoidance schemes. They Included: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, St. Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates. Over 40 more were put on a "grey list" to be monitored until they are fully committed to reforms.
    (AP, 12/5/17)

2017        China effectively banned tour groups to the tropical archipelago of Palau, branding it an illegal destination due to its lack of diplomatic status. Palau remained one of Taipei's 18 remaining allies and stood under pressure to switch allegiances. Prior to the ban, Chinese tourists accounted for about half the visitors to Palau.
    (Reuters, 8/19/18)

2019        Jun 17, It was reported that the Pacific nation of Palau has amended plans to create a huge marine reserve so Japanese fishing boats still have partial access to its waters.
    (AFP, 6/17/19)

2020        Apr 15, Palau Pres. Tommy Remengesau said that his country of 20,000 people had not had a single case of the coronavirus and he was going to shut it off from the outside world to keep the virus out.
    (Reuters, 4/18/20)

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