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Pompeo Congratulates Taiwan's Re-Elected President

Pompeo Congratulates Taiwan's Re-Elected President
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Getty Images)

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While the U.S. has not had formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan for 42 years, its country’s president received congratulations on her landslide re-election from a high-ranked American official: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

President Tsai Ing-Wen, a supporter of Taiwan independence and supporter of anti-China demonstrators in Hong Kong, was re-elected with 57 percent of the vote.  Her leading opponent was Taipei Mayor Han Kuo-Yu, whose Kuomintang Party takes a pro-China line and supports a “One China, Two Systems” policy. 

In a statement that made obvious reference to the record voter turnout and resulting rebuff to Beijing at the polls, Pompeo hailed Taiwan for “demonstrating the strength of its robust democratic system, which—coupled with a free market economy and a vibrant civil society—makes it a model for the Indo-Pacific region and a force for good in the world.”

Pompeo also made clear that despite the lack of recognition of Taiwan, the ties between its capital in Taipei and Washington DC are rock-solid.

According to the secretary of state, “[t]he American people and the people on Taiwan are not just partners.  We are members of the same community of democracies, bonded by our shared political, economic, and international values.”

In an unmistakable slap at the Communist government in Beijing, Pompeo praised the Taiwanese president for President Tsai for “developing a strong partnership with the United States and applauds her commitment to maintaining cross-Strait stability in the face of unrelenting pressure.”

Pompeo’s statement on Tsai’s re-election of the Trump Administration’s fondness for Taiwan.  In December 2, 2016, then-President-elect Trump stunned the world by taking a call from Tsai and ten minutes discussing world politics and economics with her.  He later voiced his view that the U.S. did not have to adhere to a one-China policy (recognizing the People’s Republic of China as the lone China instead of recognizing it along with the Republic of China—Taiwan’s official name). 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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