Taiwan is not part of China, says Pompeo

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Speaking in an interview on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said: “Taiwan has not been a part of China. That was recognized with the work that the Reagan administration did to lay out the policies that the United States has adhered to now for three-and-a-half decades.”

At the Hugh Hewitt radio interview, Pompeo said there is a clear bipartisan consensus on the Taiwan policy, which has been maintained by U.S. administrations of both parties for 35 years, ever since it was formulated by the Reagan administration.

“Taiwan is a model of democracy, and China must fulfill their promises to ensure that the people living in Taiwan are respected.” Pompeo hopes this will continue until the Chinese and Taiwanese find a solution to the problem. “The United States should honor its commitments and fulfill its corresponding obligations, such as selling arms to Taiwan and helping them to upgrade their defense capabilities. All of this is aimed at securing a commitment to peace between the mainland and the people of Taiwan.”

This is a major shift in U.S. policy toward Taiwan since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, and no previous U.S. administration has made such a statement of view in public.

China will strike back against any moves that undermine its core interests, its foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday.

“We solemnly tell Pompeo and his ilk, that any behaviour that undermines China’s core interests and interferes with China’s domestic affairs will be met with a resolute counterattack by China,” he said, without elaborating.

Speaking in Beijing, Wang Wenbin said Taiwan was an inalienable part of China and that Pompeo was further damaging Sino-U.S. ties.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday extended congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, saying China respected the choice of the American people.

Wang Wenbin also said during the regular press briefing that China understands the presidential election result will be determined following the US laws and procedures.

Taiwan foreign ministry spokeswoman, Joanne Ou, thanked Pompeo for his support.

“The Republic of China on Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country, and not part of the People’s Republic of China. This is a fact and the current situation,” she said.

Taiwan officials will travel to Washington next week for economic talks, which have also annoyed Beijing.

“The dialogue signifies that our economic relationship with Taiwan, a vibrant democracy and a reliable partner, is strong and growing,” Pompeo said at a press conference. Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-chyi will lead Taiwan’s delegation to the U.S. for the talks, which will be held both in-person and virtually, according to Taiwan’s representative office in Washington.

By Winnie Troppie

Beijing’s response:

The Most Vicious Attack Yet! Pompeo’s Final Madness Against China

November 11, 2020 23:55 by Global Times
Editor in Chief: Liu Guangbo

Pompeo delivered a speech at the Reagan Institute in Washington DC on Tuesday, threatening that the US government is “not over yet” on tough issues against China. According to US media reports, he used the most vicious language, calling the CCP a “Marxist-Leninist monster” and describing China’s system as “autocratic and barbaric.” This ideological maniac who is about to lose his job as secretary of state seems by using his last resources to discredit China and regards anti-China as the most distinguished of his tenure.

Pompeo admitted in his speech on Tuesday that his attitude towards China was formed during his time served as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director. It fits with a kind of judgment: he has been his job as the US Secretary of State with a CIA director mindset. As we all know, in most countries, the diplomatic agency should be the place that should be inclusive and open-minded. Thus, such a department could achieve a certain tranquility with other countries. Pompeo has destabilized this balance. He made the US State Department more aggressive than the CIA and more active on the forefront of confrontation.

Pompeo tampered with the principle and foundation of diplomacy. He has offended and humiliated the diplomatic professionals with his own bad example. If we are talking about the “lone wolf strategy”, Pompeo deserves the “First Wolf Warrior” title in the global diplomacy. What he is doing now is just his very last effort in pushing his agenda before someone else takes over. The more rampant his screams are, the more like wailing they sound.

Pompeo is so obsessed with being an enemy of China that he has created a hostile situation between China and the United States. According to his description of China, the two countries, China and the United States, should have already been decoupled by now. Furthermore, military forces of the two countries should be vigilant and ready for a war. However, Sino-US relations are still in an overly complex situation. While guarding against each other, the two countries continue to maintain the world’s largest bilateral trade volume and share many mutual interests that should not be neglected.

Ultimately, Pompeo is a loser. He is a ruling elite who “hates China the most” in the United States. He makes a false description of China and his policies are too extreme to be followed. Even though Pompeo is bluffing right now, his intentions will be exposed.

For example, he is solely responsible for threatening nearly 50 countries and 170 telecommunication companies to join the “clean network” led by the United States. But these countries and companies are all half-hearted on this issue. These are the many factors that will make Pompeo’s initiative his nightmare.

Pompeo threatened that China’s current political system will end soon, but his statement sounds more like his political will. However, we want to tell him that a socialist political system is centered on the interests of the people, so it will last as long as the people’s aspirations for a better life. China has already exhausted and took care of many Chinese dissidents who went to the United States. Pompeo will share the same fate.

Having said that, we want to remind the alt-right elites in the United States that it is their own country that is likely to have a “change of color”. The racist political law of “white supremacy” is about to end, and the connotation and direction of “democracy” will change inevitably. However, these occurrences have nothing to do with China. The changes in the US demographic structure will continue to accelerate, and the existing value system and interest structure of the United States will undergo chronic subversion.

If Pompeo lives longer than the average American, he will see the United States passing the tipping point where whites will no longer be the majority of the population in the next two decades and witness various socio-reconstruction caused by this change in the United States. That will be the real political challenge for the United States. Therefore, the United States should take care of itself. Confronting China won’t allow the United States to have a smooth political transition and redemption. This article is a “Global Times” editorial; the original title is: “The editorial: Pompeo’s final madness to solidify the US-China confrontation”.

Translated by GNews

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