The US House of Representatives has approved an $858 billion defense budget with weapons funding for Taiwan.
The Financial Times reported, on December 8, the House approved the massive defense budget that includes $10 billion for the purchase of weapons for Taiwan when this country is under increasing pressure from China. It is also anticipated that the Senate would approve it later this month, providing a fund for Taiwan for weaponry for five years. It is noted that the US has never provided funding like this before.
According to Reuters, if the U.S. secretary of state confirms that Taiwan increased its defense budget, this will increase funds for military grant assistance for Taiwan by more $2 billion annually from 2023 through 2027 in the “Taiwan Enhanced Resilience Act” of NDAA.
Republican House representative for Wisconsin, Mike Gallagher said, “This year’s NDAA takes concrete steps towards preparing for a future conflict with China by investing in American hard power, strengthening American posture in the Indo-Pacific, and supporting our allies.”
The CCP has been under increasing fire from the US Congress recently for everything from the suppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang to the persecution of democracy in Hong Kong.
Tensions between the US and China are escalating despite President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping meeting for the first time in person last month, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.
In addition, in August, China performed large-scale military exercises and flew missiles over Taiwan for the first time to protest against Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the country. The US is concerned that Beijing might attack the island militarily in the future.