Taiwan Policy Act unlikely to pass before U.S. Congress’ current term — Radio Free Asia
Representatives Steve Chabot and Brad Sherman on Sept. 15 introduced the Accelerating Arms Transfers to Taiwan Act (HR 8842), which, if enacted, would make Taiwan eligible for priority delivery of surplus defense items, according to a Press release from Chabot’s office.
The bill would also require the Secretary of Defense to use the Special Defense Acquisition Fund to expedite arms purchases for Taiwan and authorize the creation of a war reserve stockpile on Taiwan.
“Taiwan faces an existential threat from the People’s Republic of China, a threat that the Taiwan Relations Act recognizes has profound implications for American interests in the Indo-Pacific,” Chabot said.
“The Ukraine model of arms deliveries after an invasion starts is just not viable for the defense of an island,” the congressman said, adding that the Accelerating Arms Transfers to Taiwan Act would “help accelerate the transfer and delivery of these arms so that Taiwan is prepared , before it’s too late.”
Sends the ‘wrong signal’
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ou Jiangan on Thursday welcomed the introduction of the Act on Accelerating Arms Transfers to Taiwan, which she said showed the United States’ solid support for Taiwan’s security.
China has repeatedly objected to all Taiwan-related US legislation which it calls “US interference in China’s internal affairs.”
Beijing announced a week-long military exercise around Taiwan after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taipei on an official visit in August.
Chinese aircraft and warships began routinely crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait, which has served as the de facto border between Taiwan and mainland China.
Earlier this month, the US approved a $1.17 billion arms package including anti-ship and air-to-air missiles for Taiwan and over the weekend President Joe Biden said during an interview that the US military would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
Beijing immediately made “stern representations” to Washington and warned the US not to send the “wrong signals” to those who want Taiwan’s independence.