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US Congress says Taiwan’s defense capabilities are insufficient to confront China

WASHINGTON, April 9 – RIA Novosti. Taiwan’s defensive capabilities are currently insufficient to face the PRC. thinks Michael McCall, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives.

“They are not as they should be,” he said in an interview with NBC, assessing Taiwan’s defense capabilities and stressing that neither the United States nor Taiwan want to engage in a military conflict with China.

View from Taiwan to mainland China - RIA Novosti, 1920, 04/09/2023

The expert learned a precautionary lesson from China in the situation in Taiwan

At the same time, as McCall points out, Beijing may seek to avoid a military confrontation with Taiwan by gaining control over the island by influencing the island’s presidential election scheduled for January 2024.

“There are political discussions here, two different parties. One side wants to talk to China. President Tsai’s party does not want to be a part of China. The next elections in January will be especially important because … China will try to influence the next step. Go to the election and take the candidate without firing a single shot,” he said.

In an interview with Fox News on Saturday, McCall acknowledged that the United States would be willing to consider sending its military to Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.

McCall has been in Taiwan with a delegation of US lawmakers since Wednesday. The visit followed a meeting in California between Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. At the press conference held after these talks, McCarthy was asked if the US was ready to send troops to Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, and he said he didn’t want to have to answer the question.

China traditionally reacts negatively to foreign contacts of representatives of the Taiwanese administration, considering the island as its own province. Washington urges Beijing to avoid excessive retaliation.

Chinese Navy destroyer Nan Chang - RIA Novosti, 1920, 08/04/2023

The Chinese Armed Forces made maneuvers to surround the island during exercises around Taiwan.

Source: Ria

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