…to be clear and overt in our support for the Republic of China.
We sailed a guided missile cruiser through the international waters of the Taiwan Strait last Wednesday, and the People’s Republic of China objected. Then it threatened.
China said it would take all necessary military measures to defeat “separatists” in Taiwan.
This comes, also, after the PRC threatened military action against the people of Hong Kong because they’ve been uppity enough to insist that the PRC honor its commitment to Hong Kong’s (semi-)autonomy IAW its handover agreement with Great Britain.
All this adds to the necessity of selling the RoC anti-missile and anti-aircraft systems, modern combat aircraft and ground combat equipment, and brokering deals between the RoC and Israel for the latter’s Iron Dome and Arrow systems. And systems designed specifically to defeat amphibious and airborne invasion attempts.
We’re already in the processing of selling them $2.2 billion worth of arms, but that should be only a start.