Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is to give a keynote speech at a business forum in Kaohsiung today to share his insights on Taiwan’s economic development and role in the global economy.
Organized by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister paper of the Taipei Times), the Global Taiwan Business Forum has invited more than 300 businesspeople based in Taiwan to the Kaohsiung Marriott Hotel, where Pompeo is to deliver a speech on “Seeing Taiwan’s post-COVID-19 pandemic business opportunities from the perspective of international economic and trade trends.”
Nearly 100 police officers are to be deployed for security during the former secretary’s visit, during which he is also expected to visit the Pier-2 Art Center, the light rail transit system and the Great Harbor Bridge (大港橋).
Photo: Yao Chieh-hsiu, Taipei Times
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) yesterday welcomed Pompeo to the city, saying he would “definitely love Kaohsiung.”
The two were expected to have breakfast together this morning, but the meeting was canceled as Pompeo’s flight was delayed.
As for the rest of his itinerary, Chen said that the city respects the organizer’s planning.
It is the second time this year Pompeo has visited Taiwan, following a trip to Taipei in March during which he called on Washington to officially recognize Taiwan.
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