US congressmen slam Xi’s ‘threats’

‘END OPPRESSION’: Mario Diaz-Balart said that Beijing’s attempts to threaten a democratic US ally were ‘shameful’ and that dictatorships often rely on coercion

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 06, 2019
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Several US congressmen on Friday said that Beijing should be reprimanded for

US Senator John Kennedy talks to reporters in the subway of the US Capitol in Washington on Oct. 3 last year.  Photo: EPA-EFE

threatening Taipei with military power following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) reiteration this week of his goal of unification and willingness to use force to annex Taiwan.

“China threatening Taiwan with military force is reprehensible, counterproductive and just bad diplomacy,” US Senator John Kennedy tweeted.

China’s provocative approach toward Taiwan risks the stability of the region and displays its disrespect of democracies, Kennedy said.

US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart on Twitter called China’s attempts to threaten a democratic US ally “shameful,” saying that communist dictatorships often rely on coercion, threats and violence to maintain power.    [FULL  STORY]

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