[Global Times special correspondent in Taipei Cui Mingxuan Global Times reporter Fu Guohao] At a sensitive moment in Sino-US relations, the Military Committee of the United States House of Representatives passed the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2020 (NDAA) on the 13th, advocating arms sales to Taiwan.
According to Taiwans Joint News Network, the Military Committee of the United States House of Representatives said that the United States should strengthen its defense cooperation with Taiwan, including promoting opportunities for military exercises with Taiwan and exchanges with high-level defense officials in line with the Taiwan Travel Law; the United States should provide defensive armaments to Taiwan to enhance Taiwans self-defense capability. In addition, the Committee asked the US Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretary of State, to submit a report to the relevant committee before October 1 this year in support of Taiwans implementation of its national defense strategy, which should assess the current and future threats that Taiwan may face and how to provide defensive armaments to Taiwan. On the 10th, Smith, chairman of the Military Committee of the United States House of Representatives, declared that he was in favor of arms sales to Taiwan. It was better for China to let the mainland know that if we attempt to take military action against Taiwan, we will pay a higher price. Earlier in May, the Senate Military Committee had approved the Senate NDAA, which also supported arms sales. In addition, the U.S. Defense Secretary should consider supporting the dispatch of U.S. medical ships to Taiwan as part of the annual Pacific Partnership Mission, and should allow U.S. ships to continue to cross the Taiwan Sea regularly. According to Taiwan media, the Military Commission will be sent to the House of Representatives for voting after its approval, and then to the President of the United States for signature after the two chambers have voted on each other, negotiated and adopted the unanimous version.
Su Ziyun, director of the Institute of Resources and Industry of Taiwans National Defense and Security Research Institute, said that the military interaction between Taiwan and the United States has become more open in the light of events such as the adoption of the Taiwan Travel Law by the United States and the high-profile announcement of U.S. ships passing through the Taiwan Sea. Shao Zonghai, professor and director of Sun Yat-sen Institute of Taiwan Political University, believes that the military alliance between the United States and Taiwan is only a matter of time, and how the mainland responds will test Taiwans participants in the general election in 2020.
Zhu Songling, director of the Institute of Cross-Strait Relations at Taiwan Research Institute of Beijing United University, told the Global Times on March 13 that the United States has intensified its efforts to play the Taiwan card and use Taiwan as a chip to maintain the so-called military balance between the two sides in the process of preventing Chinas rise in an all-round way. He criticized that the U.S. continued to meddle in cross-strait and intra-island affairs, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities were responding to demands. The frequency of adultery between the two sides was increasing. This is a very serious situation on both sides in the past 40 years and deserves our attention. As for the future situation, Zhu Songling said frankly that it is more difficult for the United States to play the Taiwan card and that resisting unification by force and seeking independence by force will inevitably damage the interests of the people of Taiwan and destroy cross-strait relations. The DPP authorities are also aware of their lucky mentality, which is probably just whistling at night and bolstering themselves.
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