US should fully recognize Taiwan, pressure China: John Bolton

Former White House national security adviser says US should further criticize repression in Hong Kong, Xinjiang

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/03
By: Eric Chang, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

John Bolton (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is enjoying its best international status for more than 70 years and is vital to East Asia, according to former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton.

The United States should fully recognize Taiwan diplomatically and express its dissatisfaction with Beijing’s continued oppression of Hong Kong and the Uighurs in Xinjiang, Bolton said in a Foreign Press Association (FPA) USA video conference with FPA President Ian Williams on Thursday (July 2), according to CNA. Bolton was invited to discuss his new book, “The Room Where It Happened,” U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-China-Taiwan relations, and Hong Kong’s new security law.

In mid-April, Bolton tweeted the U.S. should consider giving Taiwan full diplomatic recognition. He said during Thursday’s interview these types of messages easily attract attention, but also suggested various means should be used to “asymmetrically pressure” Beijing.

Bolton said in May when he was still national security advisor, he met with Taiwan’s then Secretary-General of the National Security Council Li Ta-wei (李大維) at the New Executive Office Building (NEOB) in Washington, D.C. which caused an uproar in China.

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