Former US secretary of state likely to visit Taiwan this year

13-Apr-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has shared a photo of himself eating dried pineapples from Taiwan in support of the country, as officials confirmed he’s likely to travel to Taiwan later this year.

In a photo posted on Twitter Monday (April 12), the former top diplomat is seen holding a bag of fruit snacks while playing chess. “As a proponent of freedom, enjoying some Taiwanese dried pineapple. Checkmate,” wrote the caption.

Pompeo was referring to the #FreedomPineapple campaign waged by Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu on social media, after Beijing prohibited the import of pineapples from Taiwan over what it arbitrarily called pest fears, effective March 1. Wu called upon the world to demonstrate its support for Taiwan by consuming the fruit it grows.

The packet of dried pineapples Pompeo relished was a souvenir from Hsiao Bi-khim, de facto Taiwanese ambassador to the US She retweeted the post, saying she was glad to see Pompeo enjoy the sweets.

Earlier this week it was announced that Pompeo, whose tenure ended in January, will join Fox News as a contributor. He was treated to a dinner by Hsiao at the Twin Oaks on March 31, when the two savored Taiwan-style delicacies including pineapple cakes and bubble milk tea in their first-ever meeting, reported CNA.

He has publicly praised the country, saying Taiwan and the US share core values in advocating freedom, democracy, and a market economy. MOFA deputy minister Tien Chung-kwang confirmed at a legislative interpellation on Monday that Pompeo is very much likely to visit Taiwan this year.


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