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May 2, 2008


"Taiwan's two key government officials offered apologies to the nation for being bilked US$29.8 million, (NT$900 million) by diplomatic brokers who offered to help the island set up diplomatic ties with Papua New Guinea but pocketed the money instead.

"Vice Premier Chiou I-jen and Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang told separate news conferences they regretted the diplomatic sandal dating back in August 2006 and they are taking legal actions at home and in Singapore to get back the money." -- Taiwan News
That's a painful amount of money to give away.


Daphne said...

An incredibly embarrassing and sad way to end the Chen administration. Still, this blunder, while costly, was one of many and is hardly surprising (sigh).

Luke said...

Story's getting covered in The Guardian now.