Taiwan's President to meet former US Secretary of State Pompeo next week
On Feb. 21, Taiwan's Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would visit Taiwan next week to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen. The ministry noted that Pompeo's visit underlines Washington's "unanimous bipartisan support" for Taiwan.
Pompeo will accompany his wife to Taiwan from March 2 to 5, when they are expected to meet with Tsai, Vice President Lai Ching-te, and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. Also on March 4, Pompeo will speak to a think tank.
Taiwan and the United States are expected to maintain a close and friendly relationship through his interaction with people from all walks of life, such as domestic affairs, business, and academia, the ministry said.
According to the ministry, Pompeo's trip to Taiwan demonstrates Washington's solid bipartisan support for Taiwan and the close relationship between the two nations.
Through high-profile arms sales and high-ranking U.S. officials' trips to Taipei, the Trump administration showed its strong support for Taiwan, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties.
Trump called Pompeo a "long-term and staunch friend of Taiwan" during his term as president between 2018 and January 2021.
Recent Chinese incursions into Taiwanese airspace have involved 39 aircraft and a bomber, escalating tensions between the self-ruled island and Beijing. Taiwan is considered part of China and it vows to conquer the island by force if necessary.
21 Feb 2022