Yoho Statement on Senate Introduction of Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act
Washington, DC— Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, gave the following statement after Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Senate companion bill to H.R. 7758, the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act:
“I am very thankful to be working with Senator Rick Scott as he leads companion legislation in the Senate to my bill, the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which ends the U.S. policy of strategic ambiguity by establishing a limited authorization for the President to use military force to defend Taiwan in the event of an armed attack.
“The time for strategic ambiguity has come to an end. Although it may have helped prevent conflict with China over Taiwan in the past several decades, it has failed to deter the China of today from building up an immense military presence along the Taiwan Strait and repeatedly threatening military confrontation. The CCP’s intentions regarding Taiwan are abundantly clear. The United States must embrace a policy of strategic clarity and act immediately to establish a clear red line over Taiwan. As a vibrant democracy and our 11th largest trading partner 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 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.