The US does not recognize the independence of Taiwan.
The US has admitted that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge that there is only one China (that may have changed on the Taiwan side, but the US has not acknowedged it ). The PRC claims it is China; the US says the ultimate unification of China should be with the consent of both sides- but the US does not recognize Taiwan independence (this is the KMT’s 1992 Consensus.)
This is tricky, because the US does not want to abandon Taiwan, but doesn’t want to piss off China by acknowledging Taiwanese independence.
P.S. I see Pompeo was willing to make a statement on a radio show, but wasn’t willing to back it up as SoS. Neither was the President, or the US government. He was bloviating for a political audience.
That’s right, but that does not mean US position is that Taiwan is part of China.
There exists a third way/possibility/scenario and that is Taiwan’s status is undetermined - (which has been the US position all along)
I can easily come up with 2 possible reasons why US strategists historically decided NOT to support Taiwan independence:
Doing so would naturally beg the question, from WHOM Taiwan becomes independent? How do you explain it to the global audience?
Even if US made Taiwan independent, that doesn’t necessarily mean (or guarantee) at any afterward, Taiwan as a state would not again become a puppet/buffer state of China, or like the Republic of South Vietnam be totally annexed by another state and vanished.
Independence (i.e., widely recognized statehood) per se is not a sufficient condition to guarantee longevity. It does not preclude the possibility of one state from being absorbed into another’s sphere of influence.
A great column by John Tkacik on Liberty Times (Mandarin) .
Basically saying that US One China policy is conditioned upon China peaceful resolution of the Taiwan Strait. As long as China pretends to uphold the peaceful resolution, then US can pretend to uphold the One China Policy. Neither term contains any substance or definition, but just circularly references the other. So whenever China does not uphold Peace Resolution, then US needs not uphold One China Policy.
“The Chinese Communist planes are like flies on your dining table. If you kill them on your plate then your meal is ruined,” said Hsu, 50, a tour guide and a military enthusiast. “All you can do is to wave them away.”
“On the surface, we have peace. But the reality is Chinese Communist planes are flying on our doorstep every day,” he said. “People need to be aware of the crisis.”