The United States will take new measures to arm Taiwan against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The U.S. Congress previously approved a bill that would provide finance for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and authorize the transfer of U.S. weapons stockpiles to Taiwan for use.
The Taiwan-related provisions were included in the U.S. Senate’s $858 billion defense-policy bill for the year, which passed the Senate on December 15th, and represent a rare and dramatic change in U.S. support for Taiwan’s defense over the decades. The bill calls for the U.S. Gov-ernment to accelerate arms shipments to Taiwan against the backdrop of the ongoing war be-tween Russia and Ukraine.
The defense bill not only won bipartisan support, but would allocate up to $10 billion over the next five years for Taiwan’s military assistance for the first time in history. Meanwhile, the bill would provide an additional avenue for arms transfers to Taiwan beyond direct arms sales to Taiwan. As well, the bill authorizes the President of the United States to use existing U.S. weapons stock-piles for direct transfer to Taiwan in the event of an attack or other aggressive action by Xi’s regime.