The White House said on Monday, December 5, that it is working with Congress to “reinforce deterrence” against China and maintain the “status quo” in Taiwan.
The U.S. has always maintained a close watch of the situation in the Taiwan Strait.
It has also promised to provide weapons to the island for self-protection.
At a news conference at the White House last month, John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council , emphasized the issue of helping Taiwan in its self-defense.
In mid November, U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had a bilateral meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
During the talk, Biden warned Xi that the U.S. opposes unilateral changes to the status quo of Taiwan Strait and China’s “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions” toward Taiwan.
The U.S. Congress also wants to grant Taiwan bigger defense aid. Under the Taiwan Policy Act, Congress is considering giving the island $6.5 billion dollars over the next five years in military aid.
Last Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also talked about China deterrence at the Reagan National Defense Forum.
Austin said that the U.S. won’t let China change the status quo in the Indo-Pacific region and reshape the international order.
He said that the U.S. is making more changes to our budget than ever before to meet the challenge posed by China. The Defense Department is making the largest investment in research and development in history. It is building stronger capabilities.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also said that the Defense Department is finally giving more attention to Asia. It is a fundamental and unprecedented shift in focus and resources toward Asia.