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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.

Senate bill seeks to sanction Chinese officials who block inquiries into COVID-19’s alleged Wuhan lab origins

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
  • Introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022 would sanction Chinese officials if they fail to allow inquiry into the lab leak theory.
  • The bill would specifically target the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which administers the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), the agency at the center of the theory.
  • The bill would also suspend funding for studies involving the CAS and prohibit cooperation in virus research between the U.S. and China.

A bill that aims to sanction Chinese officials for preventing investigations into the alleged artificial origins of COVID-19 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

The legislation, known as the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022, would authorize sanctions 90 days after its enactment if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “fails to allow for a credible and comprehensive international investigation into laboratories in Wuhan,” according to Rubio’s website.