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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A U.S. congressional delegation met with Taiwan's new president on Monday and promised weapons the self-governing island ordered in the face of threats from China were on their way.



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... Why it matters: The visit, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), comes days after the Chinese military held drills around the democratically run island it claims is its territory in protest at the inauguration of Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te.

- - - Taipei officials have in recent months expressed concerns about delays in shipments of U.S. weapons as overstretched suppliers send arms to aid Ukraine fighting Russia's invading forces.

State of play: Congress passed an aid package last month that included around $2 billion in support of the Taiwanese military and other U.S. allies in the Pacific.

- - - McCaul emphasized the importance of supplying Taiwan during a news conference in Taipei after meeting with Lai.

- - - "We are moving forward on those weapons systems," he said. "I'd like to see them faster, but they are forthcoming." ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-28 12:31 AM | Reply

My current question --

How long before the showdown between the US and China?

And, as a follow-up ... are we prepared for that?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-28 12:33 AM | Reply

How long before the showdown between the US and China?

As in actual open war? Probably a long time.

And, as a follow-up ... are we prepared for that?

That depends on the objectives.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-05-28 12:44 AM | Reply

@#3 ... As in actual open war? Probably a long time. ...

The delay is likely mainly due to the dependence of the US of Taiwan for semiconductor manufacturing.

Look what happened to US industry when cargo ships from China, containing semiconductor chips, were queued up off the coast of California because they could not unload their cargo.

Record backlog of cargo ships at California ports (2021)

Now, take that more permanently. ...

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-28 12:58 AM | Reply

@#3 ... As in actual open war? Probably a long time. ...

Is China Stockpiling Resources to Prepare for War?

... China's rapid accumulation of commodities has drawn global attention and led some analysts to speculate President Xi Jinping's country is girding itself for war over Taiwan.

"Xi seems to have studied the sanctions playbook the West used against Russia over Ukraine and subsequently initiated long-lead protective measures to batten down the hatches of China's economy to resist similar pressure," former Office of Naval Intelligence head Michael Studeman wrote recently on foreign policy analysis website War on the Rocks.

China claims democratic Taiwan as its territory, though Beijing's ruling Chinese Communist Party has never governed there. U.S. officials believe Xi has instructed Chinese forces to be prepared to invade the island by 2027, though opinion in Washington is divided on the reality of this threat. ...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-29 11:43 AM | Reply

Violence solves all of the problems of a nation. /s

#6 | Posted by Brennnn at 2024-05-30 05:23 AM | Reply

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