Sunday, April 03, 2011

Former president Lee Teng-hui had ‘secret’ message for Richard Armitage

The outspoken former president had a few things he wanted to share with Richard Armitage, but he felt uncomfortable doing so in the presence of government officials

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had information he wanted to share with a visiting former US official earlier last week, but he did not feel comfortable doing so in the presence of Taiwanese government officials, the Taipei Times has learned.

Lee on Monday met with Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state during former US president George W. Bush’s first term in office, during the latter’s visit to Taiwan.

Prior to the meeting, Lee allegedly said that as some Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials would be present during their meeting, he would pass on a message to Armitage in the form of a letter. He allegedly said he could not trust some of the ministry officials and that his discussion would center on general topics like Japan.

My story, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, he was smart to be careful around Armitage, who's known to leak stuff and let other people take the blame.