Taiwan – A former US national security adviser called for deeper dialogue between his country and Taiwan on Saturday during a visit to the self-ruled island, which has seen growing military threats from China.
John Bolton, a potential Republican presidential nominee in 2024, said at a pro-Taiwan independence event in Taipei that national security teams on both sides should develop contingency plans to respond to actions by Beijing. While warning that once it is too late. attack occurs.
“And we have to tell China and Russia what the consequences will be if they act against Taiwan. Not only in immediate response, but in the long term, to basically exclude China from the international economic system if it took military action against Taiwan or attempted to build a blockade around it,” Bolton said.
Bolton, the flamboyant national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, began his week-long tour of Taiwan on Wednesday. The visit comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, highlighting the importance of the island’s democracy as an issue in next year’s US presidential election.