WASHINGTON: The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) has renewed a one-year, $25,000-per-month contract with Glover Park Group (GPG).
Running through April 25, 2007, the contract calls for GPG to provide advice to TECRO, Taiwan's de facto US embassy, on communications matters and government affairs.
A previous deal between GPG and TECRO that was worth the same amount and ended this spring called for GPG to "provide strategic consulting, legislative branch advocacy, and public relations services to TECRO to build relationships with policy leaders and media representatives and to increase awareness within the US of TECRO's policy priorities," according to a Justice Department filing.
Neither TECRO nor GPC responded to requests for comment by press time. TECRO on its website describes its mission as maintaining and developing bi-lateral relations between the US and Taiwan.
Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China, is currently self-governing but is claimed by China to be part of its territory. China recently raised objections to US plans to sell Taiwan several billion dollars' worth of F-16 fighters.