U.S. senator introduces bill to protect Taiwan from China's aggression

09/19/2020 07:14 PM
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Washington, Sept. 19 (CNA) United States Republican Senator Rick Scott has introduced a bill to deter the use of force by China against Taiwan.

The proposed Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act seeks to establish "limited authorization for the (American) President to use military force for the specific purpose of securing and protecting Taiwan against armed attack," according to a statement posted Thursday on Scott's website.

The bill would allow the U.S. to reinforce its longstanding policy on Taiwan by strengthening the island's ability to resist aggressive actions by China, according to the post.

"Communist China continues to threaten our important ally -- a threat not only to the people of Taiwan, but to the United States and our allies around the globe," Scott is quoted on the website as saying.

"We must do everything we can to discourage Communist China from using military force against a peaceful democratic power, and the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act demonstrates our commitment to Taiwan and to the importance of freedom and democracy."

Sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Republican Congressman Ted Yoho, the bill also encourages the U.S. president or secretary of state to meet with Taiwan's president on "Taiwan soil."

The bill also seeks to establish security dialogue and joint military exercises between the U.S., Taiwan, and like-minded security partners; urges planning for coordinated military action in case of an attack on Taiwan by China; and demands that Beijing renounce the use or threat of military force against Taiwan.

"It is the policy of the United States to consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by anything other than peaceful means, including by boycotts or embargoes, a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area, and of grave concern to the United States," the bill reads.

In addition, under the bill, the U.S. trade representative would be asked to start talks with Taiwan on a bilateral trade agreement no later 180 days after its enactment.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang)

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