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John Bolton calls on US to give diplomatic recognition to Taiwan

Bolton says US should establish diplomatic ties with Taiwan given its efforts to fight coronavirus, China's cover-up

John Bolton. 

John Bolton.  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton on Wednesday (April 15) called on the U.S. to give Taiwan full diplomatic recognition as China continues to menace the country amid global condemnation for covering up and understating the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Bolton wrote that in view of Taiwan's efforts to battle the coronavirus and China's cover-up, the U.S. should consider once again providing Taiwan with full diplomatic recognition. Interestingly, Bolton attached an op-ed he had penned almost exactly 20 years ago in which he called for dual recognition of both Taiwan and China, believing that American interests would be "best served by giving Taiwan its unambiguous support."

Bolton's tweet comes as China continues to send warships, bombers, surveillance aircraft, and fighter jets near Taiwan.

In addition, on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that the Chinese government knew it was facing a new outbreak six days before Chairman Xi Jinping (習近平) finally warned the public. During this critical period, it allowed a mass banquet to be held in Wuhan and millions to leave the city for Lunar New Year celebrations.

In a previous tweet, Bolton had deemed Trump's decision to freeze funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) to be the right response based on the organization's "coronavirus failures and Chinese influence." He then stated that the move was a "warning flare" to the UN and that the U.S. "will not settle for poor performance."