Indo-Pacific alliances must be strengthened to prevent Chinese occupation of Taiwan, which would threaten Japan, Hawaii and Australia, Pompeo said
By Su Yung-yao and Jake Chung / Staff Reporters, with Staff Author
The US should officially recognize Taiwan as a free, independent nation and establish official diplomatic ties, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday at an event at the Hudson Institute in Washington.
Every US president since Harry Truman has viewed Taiwan’s existence as of paramount importance to US national security, Pompeo said.
Taiwan is a key US partner in technology and economic affairs, and if China were to capture Taiwan’s semiconductor supply chain, it would seriously hamper the US economy, Pompeo said.
Should China occupy Taiwan, it would severely weaken US influence in the Indo-Pacific region and surrounding areas, Pompeo said.
An occupation could be a breakthrough in control of the first island chain and increase China’s influence across the region, including a power projection that could threaten Guam, Hawaii, Japan and Australia, Pompeo said.
The US needs to expand the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue — known as the Quad — between Australia, India, Japan and the US, and also include South Korea, Britain and France, Pompeo said.
The AUKUS security pact between Australia, the UK and the US should be included in the quad format, he added.
“I firmly believe that our government should immediately recognize Taiwan diplomatically as it is a free and sovereign country. Our recognition of Taiwan should not depend on what will happen. Taiwan is already an independent country. Our government should simply reflect that fact,” Pompeo said.
The US must help build three “beacons of freedom,” Pompeo said, referring to Taiwan, Israel and Ukraine.
These countries could become nodes of the security architecture, linking alliances of free nations worldwide, including the NATO and Indo-Pacific regional formats, he said.
Pompeo said Russian President Vladimir Putin was an “inhumane killer” who committed mass killings.
With Putin in power, no neighbor of Russia is safe, he added.
Pompeo condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a planned genocide, similar to the Holodomor, a famine orchestrated by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin that killed millions of Ukrainians in 1932 and 1933.
If Russia were to consolidate dominance over eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region and the country’s access to the Black Sea, Putin would next seek control of energy resources in other countries that were once part of the Soviet Union, Pompeo said.
“We must help Ukraine because that is in part our first duty to America and the Americans,” he said, adding that by strengthening Ukraine, the US is showing China the cost of invading Taiwan.
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