Senator Josh Hawley (Republican Party) introduced a law on Tuesday to strengthen Taiwan’s ability to defend itself in the event of an autonomous island attack by China.
“Taiwan is in serious danger, but the future is not yet written,” Hurley wrote in a press release introducing the 2021 Taiwan Relations Act.
invoice (pdf)Mr. Hurley said he would strengthen Taiwan’s defense against China’s aggression by allocating $ 3 billion annually to a new Taiwan security assistance initiative to strengthen the development of islands with asymmetric defense capabilities.
Its mission is to form a security initiative with the Secretary of Defense to approve $ 3 billion annually in the fiscal year 2023-2027.
The legislation will accelerate the deployment of “the asymmetrical capabilities needed to delay, exacerbate and counteract China’s aggression” on Taiwan’s islands, in particular.
Republican senators quoted warnings from US and Taiwanese officials that “China may try to invade Taiwan in the next few years.”
“We must do our best to help Taiwan urgently strengthen its defenses. If China’s recent actions have shown anything to the world, it is Beijing’s Indo-Pacific, And nothing will stop in that quest to rule the world, “Harley said in a statement. “We must not make them successful.”
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims that Taiwan’s autonomous island is a state of China. Democratically governed islands have their own constitutions, military and ruling parties.
Beijing has been escalating military harassment of the island in recent weeks, including through the Chinese military show of force over Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
In early October, Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed to achieve “national unity” and called the island’s independence “a serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation.”
The United States now maintains decades of foreign policy known as “strategic ambiguity.” This means that it is intentionally ambiguous on the question of whether it will lead to Taiwan’s defense.
However, Washington is required by law (Taiwan Relations Act (TRA)) to provide the island with military equipment for self-defense.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said earlier that he would do “whatever he needed” to protect the island from the heightened CCP invasion, but last week confirmed that the U.S. military was in Taiwan for the first time in 40 years. ..
Mr Tsai also said he was confident that the United States would protect the autonomous islands in the event of an attack by China.
“Given that we have a long-term relationship with the United States, I have faith. She told CNN in an interview broadcast on October 27.” The administration has been very helpful. “She said.
President Joe Biden and Nishi will hold a virtual meeting by the end of the year, according to White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Frank Fang contributed to this report.