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'If Hong Kong falls, Taiwan is next': former U.S. diplomat

ROC Central News Agency

2019/11/15 13:55:33

Washington, Nov. 14 (CNA) As tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong continue to escalate, former American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is warning that "if Hong Kong falls, Taiwan is next."

In an interview Tuesday on "The Daily Briefing" with Fox News political commentator Dana Perino, Haley was asked about her views of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and whether the United States government should say more in support of the protesters there.

"We should always use the power of our voice to fight for people who are fighting for their own freedoms, and that whole protest in Hong Kong is about 'if Hong Kong falls, Taiwan is next," Haley responded.

She said that is why Americans "need to care about what the people of Hong Kong are trying to do."

Haley had made other public statements in support of Taiwan even before she resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in October.

In August, she delivered an opinion piece on Fox News, highlighting the potential dangers to Taiwan, as China ramped up talk of military intervention after months of public protests in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong protests were the result of Beijing's "increasingly aggressive authoritarianism," Haley said the article, which was later published on the Fox News website.

"If China pays no price for crushing Hong Kong, it might decide it can use force to also take control of Taiwan," she warned in the opinion piece.

On Wednesday, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed thanks for Haley's support for Taiwan and the people of Hong Kong.

"Taiwan is a front-line state fighting creeping authoritarianism," MOFA said in a tweet.

"We stand with Hong Kong people seeking freedom & democracy, & condemn the police attack on university campus, as well as firing lethal weapons against citizens."

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Ko Lin)

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