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Pompeo visits anti-China alliance countries as CCP sounds war warning to Taiwan

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met this week with his counterparts in the anti-China Quad alliance of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India to help coordinate regional opposition to China even as Beijing state media warned of an early attack on Taiwan by Chinese Communists (CCP) from the mainland.

War, say some, is the inevitable development of decades-long Chinese policies of “returning” lands, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, that Communists say was stolen years ago from China. Earlier this year, China annexed Hong Kong through national security legislation that aimed at shutting down Democratic opposition in the island state and fully incorporating it into the communist state.   

Now some feel China’s attention will turn to bringing Taiwan to heel.

“As partners in this Quad, it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP’s exploitation, corruption and coercion,” Pompeo told reporters in Tokyo according to NBC News.

“America stands with each of you,” added Pompeo.

Beijing, for its part, has recently ramped-up the talk of war in the Pacific as the U.S. relationship with Taiwan — China’s main regional opponent, and called “secessionist” by the CCP — grows closer.

“The only way forward is for the mainland to fully prepare itself for war and to give Taiwan secessionist forces a decisive punishment at any time,” Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-sponsored Global Times, wrote in a column Wednesday morning according to US News. “As the secessionist forces’ arrogance continues to swell, the historical turning point is getting closer.”

An attack by China on Taiwan most certainly would draw a response from any U.S. government as a direct challenge to U.S. interests and U.S. prestige. It’s a scenario that has drawn the Quad alliance together and could break it apart, depending on the reaction of the U.S.

“Failing to intervene could hurt U.S. prestige on a scale similar to the U.K.’s failed bid to regain control of the Suez Canal in 1956, Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates, wrote on Sept. 25. That crisis accelerated the disintegration of the British Empire and signaled the pound’s decline as a reserve currency in favor of the dollar,” Bloomberg News reported yesterday.

The Trump administration has spent almost four years increasing pressure on China to give up its imperial ambitions.

And Taiwan itself seems increasingly readying for war.

Taiwan’s Kuomintang Party, which up until recently favored a warm a relationship with Beijing, has announced that it now favors “formal” recognition from the U.S. of Taiwan’s independence from China.   

“Our government ought to try and persuade the United States to lend us help diplomatically, economically, and/or through direct military intervention,” said proposed Kuomintang legislation that was adopted unanimously yesterday by all parties in Taiwan.  

Last year, the Kuomintang party was defeated as favoring China, in an election that largely was a national referendum on which country Taiwan should rely on in the future: the U.S. or China.

For China, the loss of support from the Kuomintang may signal that the only hope of regaining Taiwan will be by military force at a time when the U.S. is distracted by domestic issues.

The measure of the threat to Chinese prestige over Taiwan can be found in their words of warning to other countries regarding Pompeo’s visit to the region.

“If these countries coordinate with the US in building a NATO-like military alliance in checking and balancing China, their cooperation with China in terms of economy, politics and security will decrease dramatically, which is not in line with their national interests,” warned the Global Times.  

PHOTO: DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

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