Biden administration ‘fails’ to counter China in Taiwan: GOP lawmakers

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According to Republican lawmakers, the Biden administration has failed to develop or implement a workable strategy to defend Taiwan from Chinese Communist Party (CCP) aggression.

The criticism follows more than two weeks of large-scale Chinese military drills across Taiwan that have negatively impacted international travel and supply chains and raised fears of an imminent invasion of the island by Chinese communist forces.

Lawmakers have criticized the fact that the administration’s China strategy so far has consisted only of a speech by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in May, in which he said the United States would not seek to secede from China despite ongoing CCP aggression.

“The government does not recognize the CCP threat, which became perfectly clear when the CCP ended all alleged areas of cooperation Minister Blinken identified in his China speech,” MP Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said.

CCP authorities earlier this month cut all regional military communications with US forces around Taiwan and unilaterally withdrew from international climate initiatives.

“Taiwan is vital to both Indo-Pacific stability and US national security, and we must protect our interests rather than give in to the CCP’s expansionist aggression,” McCaul said.

Republican lawmakers also accused the government of weakness earlier in the month after President Joe Biden made comments that appeared to undermine a trip to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

GOP lawmakers previously claimed that the government was effectively ceding the Indo-Pacific to communist rule and appeared to have no military plan to protect Taiwan from an invasion by China.

Seth Cropsey, a former deputy undersecretary of the Navy, said in May that the Pentagon appeared to lack any strategy for a Taiwan invasion scenario.

“The bigger question is: what would be the strategy if the United States found itself in a conflict with China caused by a Chinese invasion of Taiwan?” Cropsey said in an interview with NTD, a sister outlet of The Epoch Times.

“You need a plan, some kind of plan. How do you react to this? And the Navy doesn’t have that. The United States doesn’t have that. Or, if it is, it’s a secret.”

The Pentagon did not respond to multiple requests for comment on whether there was a plan for a Taiwan invasion scenario.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said inaction in formulating and implementing a strategy to deter CCP aggression in the Indo-Pacific region would ultimately harm the United States, and urged Congress to allocate more weapons to the island for Taiwan’s own give -defense.

“Beijing’s intentions are clear: at some point they will invade Taiwan,” Rubio said. “Preventing this must be a priority for the United States.”

“Optimistic swagger is no substitute for a real strategy that recognizes commitment in the upcoming struggle for Taiwan. Congress should pass my Taiwan Peace Through Strength Act to ensure Taipei has the capabilities to counter this threat and that the US continues to defend the Indo-Pacific from communist takeover.”

The CCP claims Taiwan is a rogue province of China and has vowed to unite the island with the mainland by any means necessary. However, democratic Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949 and has never been controlled by the CCP.

The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House for comment.

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Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for The Epoch Times, covering China-related issues with a focus on defense, military affairs and national security. He has a Masters in Military History from Norwich University.

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