Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority has squandered the Taiwanese people’s money on public relations firms in the US, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said on Friday.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a routine press briefing in Beijing concerning Taiwan’s hiring of US public relations firms to consolidate relations with the US. For example, DPP paid $140,000 to a public relation firm for facilitating the call between Tsai Ing-wen and former US president Donald Trump.
The Taiwan authorities “had no choice but to admit this matter after being constantly questioned by the media,” Wang said. “In fact, it is just a tip of the iceberg for the Taiwan authority to give presents to the US.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly earned $150,000 in a few days during his visit to Taiwan, Wang noted, and US Senator Lindsey Graham has asked Taiwan authorities to buy Boeing aircraft worth up to $8 billion.
“How much of Taiwanese people’s money has the DPP authorities squandered on such activities?” Wang said. “I’m afraid that the DPP authorities dare not fully disclose the relevant data.”
The US “claimed other countries were engaging in its politics,” Wang said. “I wonder what its attitude is towards such activities.
“Will the US take action to ban and crack down these activities?”
(Compiled by Meng Gaohan)