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Sen. Rubio introduces bill to speed up weapons sales to Taiwan, boost joint military training

  • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill Tuesday designed to strengthen Taiwan’s defenses through fast-tracked weapons sales and a joint training program, among other measures.
  • The bill, titled Taiwan Peace through Strength Act of 2022, will essentially require assessments on Taipei’s defensive capabilities and Washington’s readiness to defend the island.
  • The legislation also includes arms-focused amendments to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.
  • While he believes China could attack Taiwan within the decade, Rubio says his bill “will make Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party think twice before launching a foolish invasion.”

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday introduced a bill designed to strengthen Taiwan’s defensive capabilities through fast-tracked weapons sales and a joint training program, among other measures.

The legislation, titled Taiwan Peace through Strength Act of 2022, is a response to China’s threat of invasion, which observers perceive as a looming reality in relation to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.