Taiwan Needs To Show Defense Resolve: Experts

Taiwan Needs To Show Defense Resolve: Experts

Andrew H. Sweet

A group of Republican senators on Nov. 4 proposed the "Taiwan deterrence act," which would provide US$2 billion annually and other assistance to Taiwan through 2032. An amendment to the Arms Export Control Act would make it easier for U.S. firms to sell weapons to Taiwan.

The bill aims to "emulate the U.S.' approach to Israel" by financing military procurements, said Wong Ming-hsien, director of Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies.

As differences in U.S. defense systems might make them incompatible with Taiwan's, collaboration with the U.S. would also require joint research similar to the exchanges that resulted in Israel's Iron Dome mobile air defense system.

Also, the increased budget could allow more personnel to be trained in the U.S., similar to the F-16 pilot training program at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

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