Senators urge further backing for Taiwan and Ukraine, warning that "China is watching"

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In light of rising tensions between the United States and China following Rep. Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan,

Senators urge further backing for Taiwan and Ukraine, warning that "China is watching"

In light of rising tensions between the United States and China following Rep. Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, two senators urged the Biden administration to do more to help both Ukraine and Taiwan on Sunday.

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Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) supported the House speaker's trip to Taiwan and linked the two foreign policy issues in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," warning that China is watching how the U.S. responds to Russia's attack on Ukraine as the war approaches its sixth month.

Graham fought for the bipartisan Taiwan Policy Act's adoption in an effort to support Taiwan's military and economy. Graham addressed China squarely in his speech.

 

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"This battle has lasted nearly six months, and although Ukraine is bloodied, it is still standing. NATO has grown, not shrunk. As long as Russia is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism, the International Criminal Court will pursue charges against Putin and his allies, and the Russian economy will be severely crippled. Try to travel to Taiwan if you want to benefit from what [Vladimir] Putin accomplished, Graham said.

After Pelosi's visit, China began a series of military drills outside Taiwan, which Blumenthal referred to as "bullying and blustering." This led to increasing pressure from senators.

The White House has been wary of the bipartisan push for a more assertive stance on U.S.-Taiwan policy and has worked to dissuade Congress because the administration worries that the legislation could conflict with its assurances to Beijing about upholding the "One China" policy, which is a diplomatic acknowledgement of Beijing's position that there is only one Chinese government.

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With regard to Taiwan, where the U.S. has had a tense official relationship ever since it recognised the government of mainland China in the 1970s, Russia's incursion has prompted both Democrats and Republicans to reexamine America's policy of "strategic ambiguity."

China is keeping an eye on our actions in Ukraine. We must therefore dispatch more HIMARS multiple long-range artillery to ensure that Ukraine's counteroffensive is successful within the upcoming month, according to Blumenthal. Additionally, he advocated for more penalties against the Russian government, the designation of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, and increased humanitarian help for Ukraine.

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Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) expressed this viewpoint in a different interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," stressing that China has witnessed Russia's valiant struggle in Ukraine and arguing that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan is not inescapable

Van Hollen added, "We need to help Taiwan make that as difficult as possible for China, and we've been doing that by giving Taiwan military support. "We need to keep doing that to turn Taiwan into the porcupine so that when China looks at Taiwan, it recognises this is going to be a heck of a fight and not a fight that can be won," said the speaker.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who travelled to Taiwan with Pelosi, defended the trip, saying he wouldn't let the Chinese government decide where members of Congress can go.

He declared on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "We are going to stick by our friends, our partners, and our allies."

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