Spokeswoman tweets that Europe tour will be his final as secretary of state and says China’s ‘nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous’.
US says Mike Pompeo won’t go to Taiwan after Chinese state media warns such a trip may ‘trigger a war’
Spokeswoman tweets that Europe tour will be his final as secretary of state and says China’s ‘nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous’
Global Times commentary said Beijing’s response would be ‘overwhelming’ if Pompeo visited island after lifting restrictions on official contacts
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not travel to Taiwan, the State Department said on Monday, after he lifted restrictions on American officials visiting the self-ruled island. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus tweeted that Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Europe would be his final overseas tour as secretary of state. She was responding to a commentary in Chinese state tabloid Global Times that warned a Taiwan visit by Pompeo could lead to war. “There are no plans to travel to #Taiwan this week but we will continue our consistent support for Taiwan as a successful market economy, vibrant democracy, and force for good in the world,” Ortagus said in the tweet.
“The CCP [Chinese Communist Party] must act responsibly and stop believing the lies in their own propaganda. Their nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous.”
Pompeo issued a statement over the weekend saying the previous restrictions on how American officials may interact with their Taiwanese government counterparts were “null and void”. He said the restrictions had been adopted “in an attempt to appease the communist regime in Beijing”, and in future all official engagements with Taiwan should be handled through the American Institute in Taiwan – the de facto US embassy.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday said Beijing strongly condemned Pompeo’s move and would resolutely fight back against any attempts to sabotage its interests. Beijing sees Taiwan as part of its territory and opposes official exchanges between Taipei and other governments, seeing it as a violation of sovereignty. The lifting of restrictions is one of the latest moves that has escalate tensions between China and the United States in the final days of the Donald Trump administration....