Taiwan Policy Act: Senate panel proposes bill to boost US security assistance to Taiwan

The bill, called the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, was approved by a 17-5 vote, Democrat Sens Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky voting against the measure. , according to a Democratic aide.

The bill now heads to the Senate floor. It is unclear when he will get a vote.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration approved more than $1.1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, a move seen as likely to stoke already heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing. The administration officially notified Congress of the proposed sales, which included up to 60 anti-ship missiles and up to 100 air-to-air missiles.

A State Department spokesperson said at the time that the sales were in line with US policy toward Taiwan, noting the long history of the US supplying defensive weapons to the island. .

The “prompt supply” of these weapons, they said, was “essential to Taiwan’s security and we will continue to work with industry to support this goal.”

Tensions between China and the United States skyrocketed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August. The visit marked the first American speaker to visit in 25 years at a time when Washington-Beijing relations have been particularly strained.
US congressional delegations have also visited the self-governing island in recent weeks.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez nodded to the visits when announcing the legislation on Wednesday.

“Having solicited and incorporated input from Committee members to address a wide range of views and concerns, organized multiple hearings and briefings on this issue, and enabled Committee members to travel to Taiwan, we passed a comprehensive bill to lay out a new bipartisan path for US-Taiwanese policy that maintains stability across the strait, while reinforcing a status quo that is threatened by Beijing and which, without reinforcement, will would inevitably and invariably collapse,” the New Jersey Democrat said.


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