Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has warned US Health Secretary Alex Azar that the country could become “the next Hong Kong” due to pressure from China to defend its sovereignty over the archipelago.
Azar’s trip is an unprecedented gesture by Washington as it is the highest visit to Taipei since 1979. Beijing has expressed its unease at this rapprochement, which the Taiwanese and American parties wanted to include in their respective public speeches.
Wu has denounced that life is becoming increasingly difficult because “China continues to press for acceptance of its political terms, terms that would make Taiwan the next Hong Kong,” referring to Beijing’s recent interventions in the former British colony.
The head of Taiwanese diplomacy wanted to thank the United States for its support for Taiwan to gain weight in “international space”, for example by joining the World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s not just about Taiwan’s status, it’s also about supporting democracy in the face of authoritarian aggression,” he argued.