It is expected that the head of the Taiwanese administration, Tsai Ing-wen, will present the former U.S. Secretary of State with the Order of the Diamond Star, an award for his contribution to strengthening bilateral ties.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, along with a group of people accompanying him, arrived on a four-day unofficial visit to Taiwan on Wednesday evening. According to the island’s central news agency, on Thursday he will be received by the head of the Taiwanese administration, Tsai Ing-wen.

It is expected that she will present the Order of the Diamond Star to the politician, an award for his contribution to strengthening bilateral ties. The former head of American diplomacy will attend a banquet hosted in his honor, make a speech, and hold a series of various meetings.

According to observers, the visit is capable of irritating Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of Chinese territory and considers Pompeo among the politicians who are responsible for steps that violate the country’s sovereignty. In January last year, the Chinese authorities imposed sanctions on 28 such U.S. citizens, including the former Secretary of State.

Pompeo’s arrival took place immediately after the end of the visit of the American unofficial delegation sent to Taipei by President Joe Biden. It was headed by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces Michael Mullen. He discussed security issues and strengthening partnership with the leadership of Taiwan.