The U.S. is going to start funding and protecting Taiwan now after sending billions of tax payer money to Ukraine. And I doubt they are replacing these weapons, and thus are demilitarizing the US army…
Below you will find the Bloomberg article if you want to read it…
The Biden administration is pulling together a $500 million weapons package for Taiwan, using for the first time a fast-track authority that it has relied on to speed arms to Ukraine, people familiar with the matter said.
The package will involve sending existing stockpiles of US weapons or support equipment to Taiwan under what’s known as a Presidential Drawdown Authority, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations. The equipment to be in the package wasn’t immediately known.
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The Pentagon and the White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.
The Biden administration and its allies have grown increasingly concerned about the pace of Beijing’s military modernization and have warned that China wants to be able to invade Taiwan by 2027.
Using a drawdown will let the US sidestep the often-lengthy process of contracting and producing weapons, which has resulted in what US lawmakers say is a $19 billion backlog in weapons that have been approved but not yet delivered to Taiwan.
Congress authorized President Joe Biden to use as much as $1 billion in US inventory for the island democracy in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, and lawmakers have complained the administration has been slow to use that authority. Congress didn’t appropriate funds to replace the equipment so the Pentagon would have to seek that money later.
The request is likely to anger China and cuts against President Joe Biden’s effort to restore stability to contacts with Beijing. The administration has requested a meeting between Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Chinese counterpart Li Shangfu on the sidelines of the Shangri-La forum in Singapore in June.
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Most high-level communication stalled after an alleged Chinese spy balloon traversed the continental US in February.
Austin and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines have said they don’t see an effort by China to seize Taiwan by force as imminent. [Bloomberg]
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By Mike Stone
WASHINGTON, May 5 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration plans to send $500 million worth of weapons aid to Taiwan using the same emergency authority that has been used more than 35 times for Ukraine, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday.
As a part of the 2023 budget, Congress authorized up to $1 billion worth of weapons aid for Taiwan using Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), a type of authority that expedites security assistance and has helped to send arms to Ukraine.
This drawdown, which authorizes the president to transfer articles and services from U.S. stockpiles without congressional approval during an emergency, would be the first from that $1 billion authorization.
China views democratically-governed Taiwan as its own territory and has increased military pressure on the island over the past three years. It has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.
Last month, China staged war games around Taiwan after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy in Los Angeles.
In February, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he intended to make use of drawdown authority, a Pentagon spokesperson said on Friday. The spokesperson declined to comment on whether the U.S. was moving ahead with the $500 million aid package.
“Our approach remains consistent with longstanding U.S. policy… We’re hard at work fulfilling our obligations under the TRA (Taiwan Relations Act), and we’re going to continue to do so,” the spokesperson said.
Since 1979, the U.S.-Taiwan relationship has been governed by the Taiwan Relations Act, which gives a legal basis to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, but does not mandate that the United States come to Taiwan’s aid if attacked.
It was unclear what would be included in the aid package for Taiwan, which was first reported by Bloomberg news. The timing was also unknown.
Taiwan has since last year complained of delays to U.S. weapon deliveries, such as Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, as manufacturers turned supplies to Ukraine as it battles invading Russian forces. The issue has concerned some U.S. lawmakers.
Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday that the delivery of 66 advanced new F-16Vs from the United States had been delayed due to supply chain disruptions and the ministry was working to minimize the damage and “make up deficiencies.”
Sad but true. He has to sell the weapons to Taiwan/outside the U.S. because the vast majority of U.S. youth are disabled, poor, mentally ill, chronically ill or have learning disabilities or/and A.SDs (one in five with A.SDs? Not 1 in 36) because of aluminum and childhood v’s alongside toxic and industrialized food supply and government schools.
Japan is going to war too with various countries surrounding it. U.S. and Japan will lose a war with China (if you don’t believe me, read the disturbing headlines from Mainichi News/Loss of Brain Trust by Anne Dachel).
Why UK uses USA for puropse of implementing New World Order. USA is never for sale to any one.
USA is puppet of UK King Charles that now millions demonstrated in UK against King Charles but not in the news? USA soon will be 50 nations and UK will fully own it. WW3 Russian, Ukraine, Taiwan, China and North Korea , Iran is part of UK plan to own world.. We the people of USA willl never put our head bow down to King Charles? No the New World Order of any one…
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And America is not replacing these ARMS letting China/Russia/Iran and others know we are defenseless.