United States should recognise ‘free’ Taiwan, Mike Pompeo says
By Ann Wang
March 4th 2022
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States should diplomatically recognise Taiwan as “a free and sovereign country”.
Pompeo told reporters on Friday a Chinese invasion of self-governed Taiwan would depend on “the willingness of the Western world to demonstrate that the costs for [Chinese President] Xi Jinping engaging in that kind of activity are just too high”.
“It is my view that the United States government should immediately take necessary and long-overdue steps to do the right and obvious thing, that is to offer the Republic of China [Taiwan] America’s diplomatic recognition as a free and sovereign country.”
The Republic of China is Taiwan’s official name.
But Pompeo said the move “isn’t about Taiwan’s future independence, it’s about recognition of an unmistakable, already existing reality”.