Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Taiwan and will participate in events organized by the Vision Foundation: delivering a speech in the morning and attending a press conference in the afternoon on Friday (March 4), local time.
During Pompeo’s visit, from March 2 to 5, the Vision Foundation invited him to “talk freely about Taiwan’s values of freedom, democracy and human rights.”
Pompeo will deliver a 20-minute speech, followed by 35 minutes of questions and answers during his presentation.
Pompeo also participated in a press conference for about an hour on Friday afternoon (March 4).
Foreign sources revealed that Pompeo has long been friendly to Taiwan and will strongly support Taiwan’s freedom and democracy during the visit. And he will also reaffirm the U.S. support for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Pompeo on Thursday called on Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and was awarded the “Special Grand Cordon of the Order of the King Star” by the president. He expressed his belief that President Tsai would not watch others trample on the desire for freedom during her term of office and that the United States would continue to stand with Taiwan.
Pompeo visited Taiwan from March 2 to 5. According to the itinerary announced by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs after Pompeo met with President Tsai on March 3.
Pompeo received a banquet from Vice President Lai Qingde (赖清德) on the same day.
During his visit, Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokesman Ou Jiang’an said that Pompeo would also interact with Taiwanese politicians, business people, academics, and other people from all walks of life to strengthen the close and friendly relations between Taiwan and the United States.
Pompeo served as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State during the Trump administration and a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute, a U.S. think tank. He has repeatedly stated that the United States’ support for Taiwan is a bipartisan commitment.