New U.S. President Joe Biden was warned about the threat from Chinese Communists. Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this in an interview with Fox News Primetime host Maria Bartiromo.
According to Pompeo, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is looking for a “vulnerability” in the Biden administration. “I don’t think there is any doubt about the ultimate ambition of [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping],” Pompeo said when asked by the host about China’s intentions to “take over” Taiwan.
“I have every reason to believe that they [the CCP] will challenge this administration to see if they can find a vulnerability in it and if they can take further action to continue putting pressure on the Taiwanese people,” he added. Pompeo hoped that the Biden administration would “do what a number of previous administrations have done.”
Taiwan’s ruling party, like its leader Tsai Ing-wen, favors the island’s independence. The threat of Chinese invasion prevents it from declaring independence – the PRC considers unification with Taiwan its “root interest. In March 2005, China passed a law on the use of military force against the island if it declares independence. However, it is vaguely worded: the decision will be taken if all other possibilities have been exhausted.
Beijing has not controlled Taiwan since 1949, when, after losing the civil war to the Communists, the representatives of the Kuomintang party fled there. The PRC, however, continues to consider the island part of its territory. The United States, for its part, formally has no diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but de facto maintains contact with the island’s administration.