“It’s about recognizing the obvious reality that already exists,” said Pompeo, who met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen the day before. “There is no need for Taiwan to declare its independence because it is already an independent country,” he added.
Pompeo is among a number of former US foreign and security leaders who visited Taiwan this week amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, no one has gone so far as to demand US diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. Instead, they opposed unilateral change in the status quo.
The Communist leadership in Beijing considers the Free Island part of the People’s Republic of China and threatens to occupy it. Earlier, former US Chief of Staff Mike Mullen, heading a delegation, reaffirmed US commitments to Taiwan. Ensuring peace and security in the Taiwan Strait is not only in the interest of the United States, but also in the interest of the world.
The United States has committed itself to Taiwan’s defense capability and supplies it with weapons. Previous US administrations were left open about whether to come for military assistance to the island in the event of an attack to deter Beijing. But US President Biden said in October that the US had an “obligation” to do so.
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