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The United States should recognize Taiwan as an independent country

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Pompeo said the Democratic Island Republic does not need to declare its independence because it is already an independent country.

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Taipei Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the US should recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country. The Democratic Island Republic does not need to declare its independence because it is already an independent country, Pompeo said in a speech Tuesday in the southern Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung during a visit to Taiwan.

It is an acknowledgment of the ambiguous and pre-existing reality. Pompeo accused the Communist leadership in Beijing of aggressive behavior diplomatically, militarily and economically.

The former foreign minister, who is in Taiwan for the second time this year, is among a stream of US politicians visiting the island despite opposition from Beijing. Six members of the Bundestag are expected in Taipei on Sunday.

The “Berlin-Taipei Circle of Friends” with representatives of all factions will hold talks in Taiwan until next Thursday. The Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee is also planning a visit at the end of October.

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Tensions around the island, home to 23 million people, rose after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August and reacted angrily to Beijing.

China regards Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China and firmly rejects official ties to Taipei from other countries. America’s third-highest number of visits in a quarter of a century. China retaliated with military maneuvers, including a naval and air blockade and occupation of Taiwan.

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