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Taiwan happy with U.S. aid package; China objects to arms sales

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday she was happy the U.S. Congress had passed a sweeping foreign aid package which includes arms support for the island, as China urged Washington to stop selling weapons to Taipei.

The United States is Taiwan's most important international backer and arms supplier even in the absence of formal diplomatic ties. China, which views Taiwan as its own territory, has repeatedly demanded arms sales stop.

The Senate approved by 79 to 18 four bills passed by the House of Representatives on Saturday, after House Republican leaders abruptly switched course last week and allowed a vote on the $95 billion in mostly military aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan and U.S. partners in the Indo-Pacific.

Meeting visiting U.S. lawmakers at the presidential office in Taipei, Tsai noted the passage of the bills over the weekend.

"We are also very happy that the Senate has just passed these bills," she said.

China says Taiwan, whose government rejects Beijing's sovereignty claims, is a purely internal matter and the most sensitive and important issue in relations with the United States.

In Beijing, China's Taiwan Affairs Office expressed anger at the bills, which President Joe Biden said he would sign into law on Wednesday.

The bills "send the wrong signal to Taiwan independence separatist forces, and we are resolutely opposed to it", spokesperson Zhu Fenglian told reporters.

"We urge the United States to take concrete actions to fulfill its commitment not to support Taiwan independence and to stop arming Taiwan in any way," she added.

Taiwan has complained for the past four years of stepped up Chinese military activity near the island, including almost daily missions by Chinese warplanes and warships.

Taiwan's defense ministry said on Sunday it would discuss with the United States how to use the new funding.

Taiwan has since 2022 complained of delays in deliveries of U.S. weapons such as Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, as manufacturers focussed on supplying Ukraine to help the country battle invading Russian forces.

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China knows where they can file complaints.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

China urged Washington to stop selling weapons to Taipei.

America is making it more difficult for China to invade Taiwan and absorb it into Chinese territory. China wants this to stop so it will become easier to take over the independent and self ruled Taiwan.

As if anyone cares what China has to say on Taiwan as long as it is planning on taking it by force, which is the only way it can ever control the island nation. Seriously, who is listening to China's constant complaints.

Very similar to Russian complaints about nations supplying the arms to Ukraine that it uses to defend itself against Russia's unprovoked invasion. Nobody agrees with autocrats desires to forge empires through war against smaller nations. People will naturally want to assist the small nations to defend against such aggression. Strange that they just dont get that.

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Good for free, independent and progressive Taiwan. And good on the US for arming Taiwan - they certainly need to defend themselves in the face of endless threats of illegal attack from Communist China.

China can just shut it, free Taiwan will never be theirs.

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I'm not a big foreign-aid fan, but if it's going to be done, I'd rather it be Taiwan than Ukraine.

The former seems to appreciate the aid more, seems to need it more, and is not one of the most corrupt governments on earth (as the latter is).

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The former seems to appreciate the aid more, seems to need it more, and is not one of the most corrupt governments on earth (as the latter is).

Just give it a rest with your attacks on Ukraine - the victim of illegal invasion - and your support of fascist Russia.

Tell your story walking.

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There’s nothing here to write home about. China will not be in a war with Taiwan. The U.S. will get tired of waiting. I don’t think the Philippines will dare become Ukraine. There’s hardly a government in Myanmar. No war in Asia. The money is in Ukraine and the Middle East.

China builds machines with machines. They are super manufacturers.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

Now it is Japan's turn to do more to defend Taiwan against imperialist Fascist China, which would ultimately be for Japan's own good too.

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Coming from the certain quarters who are petulantly demanding via megaphone diplomacy that Beijing cease bilateral trade and commerce with Russia and join the unilateral sanctions regime - they can tell their story walking.

Beijing will file a complaint in the form of a big green light-style invitation to boost trade and transfers with its all-encompassing-partner Russia, who is defending its national security.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It's not a one-way street.

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quercetumToday 06:19 pm JST

China builds machines with machines. They are super manufacturers.

So what? China also threatens innocent countries like Taiwan.

Manufacturing and tyranny are unconnected.

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JJEToday 07:52 pm JST

Beijing will file a complaint in the form of a big green light-style invitation to boost trade and transfers with its all-encompassing-partner Russia

If Putin is stupid enough to rely even more on Beijing, and become even more of a junior partner to Xi, that's his own fault.

It'll be interesting to see how he reacts as Russia's power wanes, and Xi starts stealing bits of the Russian Far East.

who is defending its national security.

Putin is brutally invading an innocent country, making Russia less secure both from the inside and outside.

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Quo PrimumApr. 24 06:02 pm JST

I'm not a big foreign-aid fan, but if it's going to be done, I'd rather it be Taiwan than Ukraine.

The former seems to appreciate the aid more, seems to need it more, and is not one of the most corrupt governments on earth (as the latter is).

Taiwan isn't under heinous assault preventing from ever doing better. Also Russia is still more corrupt.

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JJEApr. 24 07:52 pm JST

Beijing will file a complaint in the form of a big green light-style invitation to boost trade and transfers with its all-encompassing-partner Russia, who is defending its national security.

Peking will show it has no principles by green-lighting a Russian invasion for territory. Then it will have no moral high ground when it tries to assault or bully Taiwan.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It's not a one-way street.

As you say.

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The more money US waste in lost cueses, the harder the fall for US..

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

The US is equally unhappy as China supports Russia killing Ukrainians and supporting NK so no peace can be found in those conflicts.

Sucks when you don't get your way, doesn't it?

Taiwan is a different country. Always has been. It has never been under CCP control. Not once. Not ever.

Taiwanese get to choose their friends. The only reason they happen to do business with China is location. If they could, they'd stop immediately.

China has been hassling countries around the world for doing business with Taiwan - threatening to cancel Chinese contracts. Those contracts are for 1B+ people and Taiwan contracts are for about 24M people, less than a pimple in comparison. Smaller countries are afraid to stand up to China on these trade threats.

If China could, they'd blockade Taiwan completely and force all trade from Taiwan go through China, forcing Taiwanese to be subservient to the CCP. Taiwan has been "getting along" for a long time and mostly ignoring China's threats. Since Xi came to power and brought hard-line military with him, the risks to Taiwan have gone up exponentially.

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Is more weapons really the answer ?

What about all the other equipment the USA promised and Taiwan paid for but years later still hasn't received it ?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

If China could, they'd blockade Taiwan completely and force all trade from Taiwan go through China,

If ?

They most certainly could yes

Hopefully they won't

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Mr GoodmanToday  06:59 am JST

Is more weapons really the answer ?

From the “Is our children learning?” files, but I digress….

Short answer: Yes.

Or perhaps you think the lend-lease program with Britan fighting the Nazis was a bad idea as well?

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Putin is brutally invading an innocent country,

Iam not a supporter of Russia - however Ukraine is most certainly definitely absolutely NOT an innocent country !

Brutally unnecessarily invading yes that's correct

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