In a new action by the United States in defense of Taiwan against the abuses of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Thursday, Sept. 17, introduced a bill, which if passed will authorize the United States to use military force in case the CCP tries to invade Taiwan. 

In a press release, Scott explained that the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act is to protect Taiwan from growing threats of aggression by the CCP. At the same time it will reinforce the positive and growing relationship between the United States and Taiwan, also ensuring a substantial improvement in the island’s defense capabilities against Chinese invasion as reported by Taiwan News.

“For months, I’ve called on Communist China to stop abusing human rights, live up to its commitment to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy, and end its efforts to crack down on Taiwan,” Scott said in his statement.

According to Scott, threats to any of the country’s allies also become a national threat, which is why he believes that the United States must do everything possible to dissuade the CCP from using its military force against democratic and peaceful power. The Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act was born, as a sign of the commitment to Taiwan, to freedom, and democracy. 

Among other issues, the bill presented by Scott, demands that the CCP immediately renounce the use or threat of military force to define its differences with Taiwan. It establishes a series of security dialogues and combined military exercises between the United States, Taiwan, and related security partners to exercise coordinated military planning. The legislation also provides for deepening trade ties and a bilateral economic relationship to strengthen society.

In addition to the presentation of the new law on collaboration with Taiwan, U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach has been in Taiwan since Thursday for the second official visit by a senior Trump administration official in less than two months.

As indicated in the State Department’s official statement, Krach traveled to Taiwan to attend the memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui on Sept. 19, where he will also meet with President Tsai Ing-Wen and hold meetings with other Taiwanese officials. 

Since the beginning of his administration, President Donald Trump has been in constant dialogue with the democratic government Taiwan. According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), since taking office in 2017, Trump has signed seven major arms agreements worth $13.3 billion and pushed through several laws and partnership agreements between the United States and Taiwan.

According to the SCMP,  in their meetings both countries are working to achieve a free trade agreement and thus link even more closely the two economies.

The CCP, which considers Taiwan an “existential” issue, has sought for decades to deny the island military weapons, allies, or international recognition. The second visit by a senior official in such a short time, in addition to the agreements being made between the United States and Taiwan, has not gone down well in Beijing.

At a press conference on Thursday, as reported by The Associated Press, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Krach’s visit “bolsters the separatist forces of Taiwan independence and undermines China-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”