Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: China should pay for squeezing Taiwan: US expert

Asked if there are practical ways to protect Taiwan from losing more diplomatic allies, Yates said that free and democratic nations should join forces and impose a cost on China whenever it excludes Taiwan from global organizations, such as WHO meetings.

While he does not speak for US President Donald Trump, the US Congress, nor the American people, the US government should send senior officials, such as the secretary of state, to visit Taiwan to express support and “close the gap” if China poaches more allies, Yates said.

The Chinese government does not care about peace, but only about “control,” he said when asked to comment on so-called “peaceful unification.”

As shown by pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a discussion about the viability of the so-called “one country, two systems” framework imposed by Beijing should be ended, he said.

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