China invades Taiwan ‘a distinct threat’ – We’re concerned about legislation bolstering support for Taiwan

During part of an interview with Bloomberg published Wednesday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said China’s invasion of Taiwan “remains a distinct threat” and that China takes a more aggressive stance toward Taiwan. Sullivan also said the administration was concerned about parts of congressional legislation aimed at bolstering U.S. support for Taiwan, but viewed other parts as positive.

Sullivan said, “I think the fact that there may be a military contingency around Taiwan remains a separate threat. And the People’s Republic of China has in fact declared as official policy that it does not take the invasion of Taiwan off the table, that it remains one of the potential options for the reunification of Taiwan. Their stance has changed over time, in terms of disrupting the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, actions they take with their military to undermine peace and stability.

He continued: “The American position remained firm and consistent, the one China policy, the Taiwan Relations Act, three joint communiqués that we agreed to with China in the 1970s and 1980s which stated that, “In our view, there should be no unilateral change to the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. We continue to believe that and we will continue to spurn any effort to change the status quo by force.”

Host David Rubenstein then asked, “Now legislation is being passed by Congress to somehow bolster the existing US support for Taiwan, has the administration ever passed a position on this legislation?

Sullivan replied, “Well, I will actually have the opportunity later today, literally later today, to come up to the Hill to talk to some MPs about this bill. I’d rather have the opportunity to show it to them before I show it on TV. But I will just say this, there are elements of this legislation, in terms of how we can strengthen our security assistance for Taiwan that are quite effective and robust, that will improve Taiwan’s security. There are other elements that worry us.

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