Congress prepares bill to support Taiwan

Congress prepares bill to support Taiwan

A bill on support of Taiwan

Bob Menendez   Taiwan support bill drafted in Congress

After Chinese threats over Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Menendez called for new legislation to be passed as soon as possible

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Menendez on Wednesday urged Congress to pass a bipartisan bill to support Taiwan without delay.

“The US and our partners in the international community must … develop and implement a new and more sustainable strategy for Taiwan while there is still time,” Menendez said in a New York Times op-ed. – China is conducting influence campaigns against Taiwan using cyberattacks and disinformation, spreading propaganda to strengthen its “One China” idea, spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories to divide Taiwanese society and make it easier to take control of the island. This plan of attack bears strong resemblance to Putin's actions in Ukraine.”

The proposed bill would give Taiwan the status of a “major non-NATO ally” and provide $4.5 billion in security assistance over the next four years. The bill will also expand Taiwan's diplomatic space through its participation in international organizations and multilateral trade agreements.

The Democratic senator commented on China's reaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, saying that Beijing's threats about the visit were “predictable and only prove the regime's cynicism.”

Pelosi's visit to Taiwan is a pretext for more aggressive moves, which China was preparing to take anyway.

“That's why Ms. Pelosi was right not to let China decide who can and can't visit Taiwan,” Menendez said. “Beijing's arrogance will only lead to greater resolve in Taipei, in Washington, and throughout the region. There are many strategies for how to continue to counter Chinese aggression; there is clear bipartisan congressional agreement on the importance of acting now to provide the people of Taiwan with the support they desperately need.”

Beijing's actions against Taiwan (such as financial, banking, visa and other sanctions) and a comprehensive restructuring of US policy towards Taiwan since the adoption of the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.

“Although Beijing is likely to will continue to blame the United States for any aggression, the fact is that it is China, not the United States, that is steadily striving to change the status quo with Taiwan,” Senator Menendez concluded.