The US Government is Preparing to Dump a Ton of Military Aid into Taiwan
Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her controversial visit to Taiwan in early August, there has been growing speculation about conflict kicking off between China and the United States.
Now, the Biden regime wants to raise the stakes by increasing arms sales to Taiwan.
“The Biden administration plans to formally ask Congress to approve an estimated $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan that includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the package,” Politico reported.
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge noted that this military aid package to Taiwan is “Ukraine levels of aid.”
While this military aid proposal is in its embryonic stage, the Executive Branch and a bipartisan cohort of elected officials in both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee are expected to greenlight the proposal.
This move is part of what seems like a broader plan to escalate tensions with China. BLP previously reported on former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s July speech where he singled out China, Russia, and Iran as targets for the US national security state. This speech represents a growing consensus among the foreign policy class to confront these foreign powers.
With China growing more aggressive within its traditional sphere of influence, there’s increased speculation that China is aiming for an expedited reunification, and is floating the option of forceful reunification.
Per the Politico report, the arms package, which is north of $1 billion, features “60 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles for $355 million, 100 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder tactical air-to-air missiles for $85.6 million, and $655.4 million for a surveillance radar contract extension.”
The report added that the “Sidewinder missiles will arm Taipei’s U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets.”
China considers Taiwan a rogue province that it is aiming to reunify with via peaceful or military means. In an ideal world, Taiwan would be a sovereign nation. However, the world of geopolitics is a nasty world where emotionalism should never dictate public policy.
If we’re being brutally honest, defending Taiwan is not in America’s national interest. Even if China were to take Taiwan, there is no evidence to show that China would pose an existential threat to the US.
As far as existential threats are concerned, America’s loose border allow for dangerous Mexican cartels and other transnational criminal entities to terrorize American citizens at will.
With regards to China, there are legitimate concerns about its trade policies and its use of Chinese nationals to commit all forms of espionage — corporate, military, and scientific. However, those problems can be addressed through simple immigration restriction and an American First trade policy of decoupling from Chinese trade.
All in all, this does not require America to pick a fight with China, a large nuclear power that is willing to defend its sphere of influence.