Yoho Introduces Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressmen Ted S. Yoho (FL-03), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Asia Subcommittee, announced the introduction of the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would clarify and strengthen the commitment of the United States to defend Taiwan in the event of an armed attack.
This legislation takes a number of important steps in response to a number of aggressive actions taken by the People’s Liberation Army towards Taiwan, and in the wake of escalating tensions caused by China in Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and the Sino-Indian border. Given these provocations, it has become clear that the Chinese Communist Party is rapidly moving to realize its territorial ambitions without regard for international condemnation or backlash.
“The U.S. policy of strategic ambiguity towards Taiwan, initially implemented to avoid provoking Beijing to attack Taiwan and encourage peaceful relations, has clearly failed,” said Ranking Member Yoho. “The PLA’s dramatic military buildup and increased provocations in the Taiwan Strait, along with blatant threats from the CCP, make their intentions toward Taiwan abundantly clear. The United States must act immediately to establish a clear red line over Taiwan that must not be crossed by China. As a vibrant democracy with nearly 24 million people, the U.S. is obligated to stand strong in support of Taiwan and encourage a return to peaceful relations between Taiwan and China.”
The Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act accomplishes the following:
- Establishes a limited defensive authorization for the President to use military force for the specific purpose of securing and protecting Taiwan against armed attack.
- Requires China renounce the use or threat of military force in its relationship with Taiwan.
- Establishes a series of security dialogues and combined military exercises between the U.S., Taiwan, and likeminded security partners.
- Advises Taiwan to dedicate additional domestic resources towards its own defense, including the acquisition of asymmetric defensive weapons, reform of Taiwan’s reserve system, and engagement with the United States on cyber defense activities.
- Urges the U.S. Trade Representative to enter into negotiations with Taiwan on a bilateral trade agreement.
- Encourages the U.S. President, or Secretary of State, to meet with the President of Taiwan on Taiwan soil.
- Welcomes the President of Taiwan to address a Joint Meeting of Congress.
A copy of the legislation can be found HERE.