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Pompeo asks US rulers to resist China’s pressure on Taiwan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked US state governors to resist China’s pressure to isolate Taiwan, while Beijing is more and more inclined to transfer its battle in this regard to local authorities.

In a speech to senior officials gathered in Washington, Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration will intensify its contacts with US state governors over the management of the Chinese file.

“Do not conclude separate individual agreements with China that harm our national policy,” he said. “I know that none of us is doing it intentionally. Let us help you.”

Mike Pompeo pointed to a threat received by the governor of Mississippi last year that China would cancel investment due to his visit to Taiwan.

It also mentioned a message from a Chinese diplomat asking state governors to refrain from congratulating the Taiwanese president on her re-election last month.

Mainland China and Taiwan have led two competing regimes since 1949. China considers Taiwan its territory and has promised to restore it one day, by force if necessary, especially if the island declares independence.

In the past four years, China has won the recognition of seven Taiwan allies, and only 15 countries are recognized by Taiwan, most of them poor countries from Latin America and the Pacific.

Pompeo also condemned China’s pressure on US local authorities not to meet the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama, who currently lives in exile.

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