秘密對話曝光:前巴拿馬總統傳收1.4億美金與我方斷交|Ex-Panama president received US$143 million from China over new ties: Varela leaks

照片中巴拿馬前總統Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez於2019年四月二日香港投資記者會結束後接受媒體訪問。|In this file photo, Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez speaks to the media after a conference on the Panama invest in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Panama President Varela says his country sees 'big opportunity' in China's 'belt and road' infrastructure initiative. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
照片中巴拿馬前總統Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez於2019年四月二日香港投資記者會結束後接受媒體訪問。|In this file photo, Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez speaks to the media after a conference on the Panama invest in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Panama President Varela says his country sees 'big opportunity' in China's 'belt and road' infrastructure initiative. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】巴拿馬2017年繼與台灣斷交後與中國建交,然而,近期據傳一支手機內資料揭發了巴拿馬的醜聞。

Panama faces a new scandal with revelations of the workings of power during the switch of diplomatic ties from Taipei to Beijing in 2017, based on the content of an allegedly lost cell phone.

根據西班牙媒體,巴拿馬前總統胡安·卡洛斯·瓦雷拉(Juan Carlos Varela )和前巴拿馬海事局局長豪爾赫·巴拉卡特(Jorge Barakat)秘密通話內容曝光,其中談及中國在台巴斷交後給予巴拿馬的金援。

According to Spanish-language media, the content implicates former president Juan Carlos Varela and Jorge Barakat, a former minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority during talks regarding an alleged payment or donation from China to Panama when diplomatic relations with Taiwan were broken.

從巴拿馬前總統胡安·卡洛斯·瓦雷拉與巴拿馬海事局局長豪爾赫·巴拉卡特 (Jorge Barakat) WhatsApp對話的擷取,揭露了中國提供數百萬美元付款的可能性。

An alleged conversation via WhatsApp, between the then-president Juan Carlos Varela and the administrator of the Maritime Authority of Panama (AM), Jorge Barakat, leaves open the possibility of a multi-million payment offered by the Asian giant.

據兩人通話紀錄顯示,中國給予巴拿馬的金援是兩國建交的開始。

The alleged sum was considered a donation to Panama as part of the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries, based on the chats between the two officials. 

據稱,巴拉卡特在對話中所指的金援是中國捐贈給巴拿馬的款項。 同時,他警告總統鑑於台灣是二十年來的外交同盟,務必要謹慎處理此事,以免產生負面評論。

Jorge Barakat allegedly refers to money that China supposedly donated to Panama. At the same time, he warns the president to deal with the matter with care so that no negative comments arise from the matter given that Taiwan was a diplomatic ally for 20 years.

他建議不要提及中國1.43億美元的捐贈,因此事可能讓人聯想到這是與台灣斷交的獎勵。

He suggested not to mention the US$143 million donation that could give the impression that this was the reward for breaking ties with Taiwan. 

巴拉卡特在和胡安·卡洛斯·瓦雷拉2017年11月19日的WhatsApp對話中寫道:「您一切都處理得很好;最好等待教育計畫正式開始後再進行」。瓦雷拉並未回覆巴拉卡特。

“You have handled everything very well and it is better to wait for the education project to start formally,” Jorge Barakat wrote to Varela in a conversation dating from Nov. 19, 2017. Barakat had no response from Varela.

巴拿馬決定於2017年6月13日終止與台灣的外交關係。當時巴拿馬致函台灣告知斷交一事,並由巴拿馬外交官伊莎貝爾·聖馬洛·德·阿爾瓦拉多 (Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado) 簽訂斷交協議。

Panama decided to end diplomatic ties with Taiwan on June 13, 2017. It did so through a letter and in the middle of a view of the Panamanian Foreign Minister to China, Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.