The Taiwanese government and media have have implicated Timothy Bonga and Dr Florian Gubon in the the US 30 million deal from money that was supposed to come to PNG.
I received this email from Taiwan TV yesterday trying to do an interview with me on background about Timothy Bonga.
From: Regina Ho [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 6:20 PM
To: Regina Ho; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: about Timothy bonga
I haven't got your response yet. However, we would really like to do a phone interview with you. Will it be possible for you to accept be interviewed by us?
My TV station is a 24-hour cable news channel. You can clarify or state your opinions on our news to describe what you know about Mr. Bonga. Wish to hear from you soon.
--- Regina Ho
> Dear Sir
> I was searching on the net hoping to find out who MR.
> TIMOTHY BONGA is and I found your blog.
> I am a Taiwanese TV journalist and the media of the whole island now
> is trying to look for Mr. Timothy Bonga and Florian Gubon who are the
> people involve in our foreign affair schandal.
> Below is the report from AP wire news to give you a rough idea. I was
> wondering if it's possible for you, can we interveiw you about what
> kind of the person Mr.
> Timothy Bonga is.
> Hope to receive your mail soon.
> Best Wishes,
> Regina HO
> ETTV news, Taipie, TAIWAN
> 8862 23118000 ext 7310
> TAIPEI, Taiwan - Two senior Taiwanese officials resigned Tuesday over
> the loss of millions of dollars
> (euros) in a failed attempt to lure Papua New Guinea to officially
> recognize Taiwan.
> The government said Foreign Minister James Huang and Deputy Premier
> Chiou I-jen were leaving their posts.
> The resignations follow last week's revelations that Taiwan lost
> US$29.8 million (?19.2 million) in a failed 2006 attempt to establish
> ties with Papua New Guinea.
> The money was intended as economic aid for Papua New Guinea, providing
> it switched its recognition from rival China.
> It was given to two middlemen in 2006 on the assumption they could
> induce the impoverished Pacific nation to abandon Beijing. The attempt
> was abandoned after only several months, when Taiwanese authorities
> concluded they could not convince Papua New Guinea to cross over into
> the Taiwanese diplomatic column.
> One of the middlemen, Ching Chi-ju, has since disappeared, along with
> the money.
> Announcing his decision Tuesday, Chiou said he was deeply sorry for
> his role in the fiasco.
> "I have trusted the wrong people with the Papua New Guinea project and
> caused great damage and turmoil to the country, so I am resigning from
> my post," he said.
> Huang and Chiou have acknowledged their involvement with the middlemen
> but denied any criminal wrongdoing.
> Their homes were searched early Tuesday for evidence linked to the
> The diplomatic bungle underscores the seamier side of the
> no-holds-barred struggle between Taipei and Beijing to curry favor
> among potential foreign allies.
> The two sides split amid civil war in 1949. Taipei is fighting a
> desperate rearguard action to bolster its stable of overseas partners
> as a way of asserting its claims to sovereignty.
> President Chen Shui-bian also apologized for the affair earlier
> Tuesday, saying it had brought disrepute to Taiwan.
> "I am deeply sorry about how the Papua New Guinea project has hurt the
> image of the country and the government," Chen said.
> The president also said he had no part in the execution of the
> "I neither directed nor participated," he said.