GT investigates: What is the reason for Pompeo’s visit to the island of Taiwan?

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Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was sanctioned by China when he left office at the end of the Trump presidency, is said to have planned a second visit to the island of Taiwan. The Global Times found that, like his first visit to the island, Pompeo will benefit from this visit, regardless of the instability his provocative visit may bring to the islanders.

Pompeo is expected to arrive on the island on September 26 to attend the Global Taiwan Forum to be held in Kaohsiung, according to a local Taiwan newspaper.

The Global Times has learned that it will collect “service fees” from companies including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, China Steel Corporation, I-MEI Foods Co Ltd and CHIMEI Corporation. After paying a visit to the island of Taiwan in March, Pompeo took $150,000 from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities through the Premier Speaker Bureau.

Analysts pointed out that Pompeo and some politicians in the United States have made a business of “visiting” the island of Taiwan and that they pay no attention to the people of the island, but simply care about the profits in terms of political gains and money they can make. of the island.

Seek more profit

In March, Pompeo traveled to the island of Taiwan accompanied by his former political adviser Yu Maochun, known as Miles Yu in the United States, who is extremely anti-China. Analysts called the visit a “political farce”.

While reviewing related information, the Global Times found that Taipei’s Economic and Cultural Representative Office to the United Nations had paid for airfare and accommodation for Pompeo and his four visiting companions, including his wife and Miles Yu. The Project Foundation organized the event and the costs were eventually paid by the island’s external affairs authority.

Chinese-language newspaper United Daily News reported in March that Pompeo was using his four-day visit to Taiwan to lobby for the government to invest in Anarock from pension, labor and national development funds.

Pompeo has encouraged DPP authorities on the island to cooperate with companies linked to him in order to profit indirectly. The American company Anarock that Pompeo worked with contacted the DPP during Pompeo’s visit to the island. On July 7, 2021, Pompeo, together with Gino Ramadi, chief investment officer of Anarock, met with Hsiao Bi-khim, the representative of the island of Taiwan in the United States, to promote the construction of a “partnership of ‘investment’ between Anarock and the DPP.

On July 19, Ramadi and the economy group of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office held a video conference and claimed that Pompeo intended to visit the island a few months later and hoped that progress could have been made. in “cooperation and investment” before the visit. Pompeo has asked DPP authorities to invest pension, labor and national development funds in Anarock projects whose related revenues could be used as Pompeo’s campaign funds.

When Pompeo gave a speech at Texas A&M University in April 2019, he said publicly when he was director of the CIA, “we lied, we cheated, we stole.” Such remarks also reflected his despicable behavior, analysts said.

For example, during his visit to the island of Taiwan in March, Pompeo ignored anti-epidemic measures and allowed his aide Miles Yu to meet privately with Vincent Chao, who served as director of the political division at the Economic Representative. and culture of Taipei. Office in the United States, causing a gap in anti-epidemic work.

Monetary diplomacy

As American politicians seek every opportunity to cash in on the island of Taiwan, the island’s DPP authorities are cooperating with them to spend huge sums of money to pocket political gains, playing the tactic of “money for friendship” and seeking “Taiwan independence” on the world stage, analysts say.

They noted that with the excuse of making budgets for technical cooperation, training or education funding, DPP authorities pressure countries and regions, legislators and foreign scholars with penetration. politics, trying to make “diplomatic breakthroughs”.

Reviewing media reports, the Global Times found that in 2022 the island’s overall “diplomatic budget” reached $936 million with a total of $41 million in “classified budget” to bribe and support anti-China forces and their activities overseas. This financial support seems to have helped some political figures to visit the island, but they all came for business and political purposes.

When former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen visited the island in March, he asked the island to purchase the second remote warning radar the United States. And when Ed Markey, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee for East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity, visited the island in August, he asked the island to buy Boeing planes in the United States.

The DPP authorities spent the hard-earned money of the local residents of the island, which is typical of “money diplomacy” and “money for friendship diplomacy”, but such measures cannot buy the island’s security but only harm the interests of local residents and become a laughing stock, analysts said.

Many scholars and residents of the island of Taiwan have also lambasted the leaders of the DPP authorities as ‘unworthy descendants’ for sacrificing the fortunes of local residents to feed US politicians eager to seek ‘independence’. while local residents gained nothing but grew more worried. on the worsening situation in the Taiwan Strait.

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