Pompeo: Biden Administration Must ‘Show Resolve’ on China, Taiwan

The Biden administration must “show resolve” with China, or Beijing is “much more likely to take action that will put the Taiwanese people at risk,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.

“We only need to listen to what [Chinese leader] Xi Jinping says about Taiwan,” Pompeo, now a Fox News contributor told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria.” 

“He wants to bring Taiwan inside of China … we know that China was never part of mainland China, but he’s made a commitment. He keeps moving the timeline forward.”

Pompeo also said he thinks comments made by Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, on the risk of a Chinese military attack on Taiwan should be taken seriously.

Pompeo also said he’s pleased that President Joe Biden will be meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday.

“I met with [Suga], and he’s a good man, a dedicated man,” said Pompeo, adding that Taiwan is important to Japan, as a move from the Chinese against the island nation also poses great risk to the Japanese.

“We can build coalitions to support Taiwan by providing defensive weapons systems, all those kinds of things that will lead to deterrence against China,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo said he hopes the economic relationship between the United States and Japan continues to grow, but Japan does depend on China for many of its exports.

“We need to make sure Japan has other outlets for its products,” Pompeo said. 

He also noted that the “quad” countries of India, Australia, Japan, and the United States is important in that there is “ample opportunity” to make clear to the Chinese Communist Party that fair trade is needed, but not “kowtowing” to the Chinese “simply because they buy a few of our trinkets.”

The Trump administration began the process to require that Chinese companies that have access to the United States’ capital markets to disclose earnings.

“For years, Chinese companies had preferential treatment in U.S. capital markets,” Pompeo said. “It was nuts. We began to reverse that [but] there is and awful lot more to do.”

In addition, American companies investing in China need to know the political risks that are attached to that.

“They are American companies and they talk social justice,” he said. “When you talk about social justice, you have to are about all kinds of human beings. The genocide taking place every day in the western part of that nation rivals what was taking place in the world in the 1930s. Every company needs to take this seriously.”

Pompeo also spoke out against Biden’s wish to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal, accusing him of siding with European allies against Israel and the Gulf states. 

“The anxiousness of this administration to get back into this terrible Iran nuclear deal demonstrated to Iranians frankly we have no course of leverage,” Pompeo said. “When you lift sanctions on the Houthis, an Iranian terror proxy, you begin to allow foreigner exchange reserves to flow in Iran.

“The Iranians chuckle because if coercive leverage is taken away, there is no reason to change their direction of travel. They know one day a path to continue terror threats against Israel will lead ultimately to nuclear weapons as well.”

Pompeo added, though, that he doesn’t think the deals reached between Israel and several nations will come unglued, because the measures are already showing economic benefits. 

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