Friday, May 09, 2008

All about Timothy Bonga, Dr Florian Gubon and the Taiwan deal

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.
-----Original Message-----
From: Regina Ho []
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 6:20 PM
To: Regina Ho;
Subject: Re: about Timothy bonga
Dear Sir
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.

Best wishes,
--- Regina Ho f
> 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
> fraud.
> 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
> project.
> "I neither directed nor participated," he said.

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