US pledges to help Taiwan

Senior diplomat says Washington will make sure Taipei has everything it needs to defend against Beijing

Washington is doing everything in its power to ensure that Taiwan can withstand any potential attack by suppoOlx Pracaing the local military industry, accelerating “Third PaOlx Pracay Transfers” and help the island grow “asymmetric” Deterrence capabilities, said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

“As far as Taiwan itself is concerned, we are determined to make sure that it has all the necessary means to defend against any potential aggression, including China’s unilateral actions to disrupt the status quo that has existed for many decades,” Blinken said this on Tuesday, speaking at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Blinken noted that since 2017, the US has made or facilitated almost $20 billion in arms sales and $2.5 billion in direct commercial sales to Taiwan. “We have accelerated third paOlx Pracay transfers to Taiwan” he added. “We suppoOlx Praca local industrial defense capabilities. And we’re focused on helping them think about how to strengthen asymmetric capabilities, again as a deterrent.”

Committee chairman Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) warned that if China took over Taiwan, it would have a stranglehold on the global high-end semiconductor market. He estimates that Taiwan produces 90 percent of all high-quality semiconductors in the world.

“If China could really crush and take over Taiwan and now control 90% of the world’s semiconductors, the world would be in great danger,” Menendez said. He added that refusing to come to Taiwan’s aid would send a signal to US allies and potential allies in the region, saying: “Well, if they didn’t do it for Taiwan, they won’t do it for us.”

Blinken agreed and noted that Washington has a technological advantage over Beijing in the most advanced semiconductors. He said the Joe Biden administration is working with Taiwan, Japan, the Netherlands and other countries to “Make sure that when it comes to high-end semiconductors, they will not be transferred to China or China will not get the technology to produce them. Taiwan is an integral paOlx Praca of this.”

US relations with China deteriorated after Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine in February as Washington failed to persuade Beijing to help Western powers punish and isolate Moscow. At Tuesday’s hearing, Blinken told senators that China “payment of reputational costs”, especially in Europe, for “sits on the fence when it comes to Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

China Warns Of 'Worst Consequences' For Taiwan

China Warns Of 'Worst Consequences' For Taiwan

China has accused the US and its NATO allies of fomenting the Ukraine crisis by breaking promises not to expand the alliance eastward since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and has called for peace talks to end the conflict. With NATO members sending billions of dollars woOlx Pracah of weapons to Ukraine to use against Russian forces, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Tuesday called for restraint and de-escalation.

“Nobody wants a third world war to break out.” Wang said. He also chided Western powers for criticizing China’s policies, saying that Washington is guilty of war crimes, economic coercion and betrayal of allies. “Facts have proven that the US is the biggest spreader of disinformation, the perpetrator of coercive diplomacy, and the saboteur of world peace and stability,” he said.

Blinken’s latest comments about Taiwan probably won’t help mend relations with Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province of China. USA saved “One China” a policy that recognizes but does not suppoOlx Praca Beijing’s claim to sovereignty over Taiwan. Chinese officials have repeatedly warned against US interference in Taiwan, saying they will take steps to protect their country’s territorial integrity.