Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that Taiwan was grateful for the strong statement of support by Nikki Haley, the United States' former ambassador to the United Nations, in an opinion piece on the Fox News website the previous day.
In the article, Haley highlighted the potential dangers to Taiwan as China ramped up talk of military intervention after months of public protests in Hong Kong, which she said were the result of Beijing's "increasingly aggressive authoritarianism."
If China pays no price for crushing Hong Kong, it might decide it can use force to also take control of Taiwan, Haley said.
"A weak response to Chinese aggression against Hong Kong could make Chinese officials think they could move against Taiwan without facing serious consequences," she wrote. "This would be explosive."
In response, MOFA expressed gratitude to Haley, saying the opinion piece was a strong and powerful show of support for Taiwan.
Taiwan is concerned about the developments in Hong Kong and is supportive of the Hong Kong people's pursuit of freedom and democracy, MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) said at a press conference Thursday.
She also expressed the hope that the Hong Kong government would respond to the public calls to allow a return to normalcy there.
Ou also said Beijing and the Hong Kong government should not try to blame fictional foreign forces for the deteriorating situation in Hong Kong as that would be a mistake that could have historic consequences.
Taiwan's government is concerned about regional tensions and will speed up its efforts to strengthen its armed forces and their defense capabilities in the face of a growing military threat from China, Ou said.
The Taiwan government will fulfill its responsibility as a regional partner and will work to build security cooperation with like-minded countries, including the U.S., to promote regional peace, stability and prosperity, she said.
Asked whether the Taiwan government would offer assistance to Hong Kong, Ou said that would be decided based on the principles of humanity and in accordance with the Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong amd Macao Affairs and other relevant laws.