Sen. Hawley Introduces Bill to Help Taiwan Arm Itself Against Potential China Invasion

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that seeks to bolster Taiwan’s ability to defend itself in the event that the self-ruled island were attacked by China. “Taiwan is in grave danger, but the future is not yet written,” wrote Hawley in a press release introducing the Arm Taiwan Act of 2021. The bill (pdf), Hawley said, would strengthen Taiwan’s defenses against a Chinese invasion by allocating $3 billion annually for a new Taiwan Security a**istance Initiative to ramp up the island’s deployment of asymmetric defense capabilities. It would task the secretary of defense to form the security initiative and authorize $3 billion annually for it for fiscal years 2023 to 2027. The funds would specifically accelerate Taiwan’s deployment of “asymmetric capabilities necessary to delay, degrade and negate a Chinese invasion” against the island, the legislation states. The Republican senator cited warnings from U.S. and Taiwanese officials that “China …

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