Taiwan A Vital Deterrent: U.S. Official

Taiwan A Vital Deterrent: U.S. Official

Andrew H. Sweet

"Without question, bolstering Taiwan's self-defenses is an urgent task and an essential feature of deterrence," U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner told a U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing.

Asked what he saw as the greatest risk to Taiwan, Ratner said: "The China challenge is a today problem, a tomorrow problem, a 2027 problem, a 2030 problem, a 2040 problem and beyond.'

"In response, the U.S. has and will continue to make available to Taiwan the defense articles and services necessary to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act," he said, citing as an example the more than US$32 billion in arms sold to Taiwan since 2009.

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