Act authorizes US to counter China attacks on Taiwan with military force, advocates visits between countries' leaders
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. Senator Rick Scott on Friday (Sept. 18) introduced the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, authorizing the U.S. to employ military force if China invades Taiwan.
In a press release, Scott explained the act, sponsored by Congressman Ted Yoho in the House of Representatives, is intended to help protect Taiwan from the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) growing aggression. He said it will reinforce the U.S.-Taiwan relationship, while enhancing Taiwan's defense capabilities against Chinese invasion.
Scott emphasized that Beijing has continued its human rights abuses and crackdowns on Hong Kong and Taiwan despite global warnings. He said the authoritarian regime has become not only a security threat to Taiwanese, but also to the U.S. and countries around the world.
Scott believes it is important for the U.S. to stop China from exerting its military pressure on democratic Taiwan. He said the new act will demonstrate the American government's commitment to defending Taiwan, as well as to freedom and democracy. [FULL STORY]