Last week, The US State Department approved more weapons sales including 66 F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, a tiny democratic nation of 23 million people, and the world’s 22nd largest capitalist economy just east of Communist China in the South China Sea. President Trump — a strong supporter of the nation — is willing to sell Taiwan weapons that will provide air defense against its increasingly aggressive neighbor, China.
China furiously condemned the Trump administration’s decision to approve further weapons sales for Taiwan and announced on Tuesday that the Chinese government will sanction U.S.-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. as a result.
The most recent arms sales are a continuation of President Trump’s support of Taiwan throughout his presidency. According to The Epoch Times, Trump previously approved of 1.4 billion in arms sales in 2017 that included advanced missiles and torpedoes, followed by a second arms package worth $330 million in 2018.
Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s president said of Trump’s latest move:
Cooperation between our two countries has continued to fulfill the spirit of these articles. Already, a steady drumbeat of arms sales have been announced by the current U.S. administration, and we have more in the pipeline.
Under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the US is legally obligated to help Taiwan access defensive weapons. But each arms sale to Taiwan triggers threats from China. Chinese Foreign ministers rush out to speak of national security, sovereignty, and regional stability.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Tuesday, “China is firmly opposed to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. We urge the United States to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the provisions under the three China-U.S. joint communique, stop arms sales to Taiwan, and sever military ties with Taiwan, to avoid further undermining China-U.S. relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
It strains credulity that Taiwan poses a threat to its gargantuan, well-armed neighbor. Contrary to the Chinese Communist Party’s hyperbole, Taiwan’s sovereignty and security are at risk from an aggressive nation that refuses to rule out armed intervention in their quest to annex or “reunite” Taiwan, which they consider a break-away province of China.
China’s recent actions in Hong Kong show the communist nation’s willingness to subjugate all within their reach, and China’s negligent handling of COVID-19 and the impact on the world show its utter disregard for the well-being of any nation as the pandemic cripples the world economy.
China is the real threat to the peace and stability of the entire world. Fulfilling our obligations to help free Taiwan defend itself against a communist bully like China is the right thing to do.