- One-China Policy ‘Null & Void’? Trump Creates Diplomatic Hot Potato for Biden as Pompeo Ends All Restrictions on Taiwan Relations
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifted all “self-imposed restrictions” on Washington’s relationship with Taiwan, likely creating a China row for President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to face when he takes office this month.
“Our two democracies share common values of individual freedom, the rule of law and a respect for human dignity,” Pompeo said Saturday in a statement.
Today’s statement recognizes that the US-Taiwan relationship need not, and should not, be shackled by self-imposed restrictions of our permanent bureaucracy.
China doesn’t acknowledge Taiwan’s sovereignty, and the US has operated under a geopolitical compromise with Beijing in its dealing with the island. Neither the US nor the UN technically recognize Taiwan as a country – only 17 nations around the world do – and Washington calls its diplomatic compound in Taipei the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), rather than an embassy or consulate.