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Senate Looks To Give Taiwan $10 Billion in Military Aid

The funds will be included in the Senate version of the 2023 NDAA.
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By Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com

The Senate’s version of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will include $10 billion in military aid for Taiwan, Defense News reported on Monday.

The $10 billion would be given to Taiwan over five years in the form of Foreign Military Financing (FMF), a State Department program that gives foreign governments money to purchase US weapons.

However, Taiwan will be able to use $300 million of the FMF each year to purchase military equipment from its own industrial base, a privilege only currently enjoyed by Israel. Other FMF recipients need waivers to use the funds to purchase arms that don’t come from the US.

The $10 billion is a massive increase from the $4.5 billion initially proposed by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in a piece of legislation known as the Taiwan Policy Act. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee brought the military aid up to $6.5 billion when it advanced the bill in September.

But the senators have decided to include the military aid portion of the Taiwan Policy Act in the NDAA, which was boosted to $10 billion in a bipartisan amendment added to the military spending bill by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

The Taiwan Policy Act would also boost diplomatic ties with Taiwan, requires sanctions in the event of Chinese aggression, and give Taiwan the benefits of being a major non-NATO ally. But those aspects of the bill were not included in the NDAA amendment.

The Senate is expected to vote on the NDAA when Congress returns to Washington after mid-term elections in November. Once approved, the House and Senate will need to negotiate the final version that will head to President Biden’s desk.

The Senate’s effort to give Taiwan a massive amount of military aid comes as tensions are soaring between the US and China over the island. China’s unprecedented military drills in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visiting Taiwan and its rhetoric over the issue make it clear that more US support for Taiwan will only make a conflict in the region more likely.

Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp is the news editor of Antiwar.com, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.

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10 comments

  1. This is just great after Biden and son get into business dealing with Communist Chine. This is a mess and money is not goig to solve a thing ever. It only provokes conflict, death, destruction etc., so teh rich can then get richer. We need Universal Peace.

  2. Congress votes for passage of big time death and murder machines in defense of Taiwan (against midget China) and a tsunami more for Ukraine (against paltry Russia) while gnashing their gold teeth (think conservative Democrat (ie. lite Republican?Josh Gottheimer) over whether their constituents, their voters, the heart, blood and bone actual people – the interests and needs of which they purport to represent – should pay the inflated drug prices Big Pharma demands or the reasonable prices Europeans pay. How is it that we – you and I -are passive, silent witnesses to the use of our tax monies being lavishly thrown at corporate manufacturers for killing machines sent to other countries? while also passive and silent witnessing our so-called representatives nickel and dime our needs and interests? Aren’t you pissed off? Where’s all that anger going? It’s going someplace. Into organizing? or watching Netflix?

  3. “…will only make conflict in the region more likely.” Isn’t that the point?

  4. A life-long questioning anti-establishment anti-military progressive Liberal, I am going to vote for a Republican who’s claim to fame is his former military rank, for Senate in my home state of NH this November.

    This is because the candidate is front & center that he will not support dumping more money into US wars of choice, and he clearly states that the Neocons in the deep state are destroying American security with their wars of choice for imperialism. I disliked the man so much I was loath to invest time researching his other positions. Luckily for me Tulsi Gabbard just showed up in the state to endorse him, I thus must believe he can’t be all bad.

    It’s a one-issue deal, very ugly as the man is a crank and probably supports all manner of positions I loath. So it’s a personal sacrifice; I am setting aside the massaging of my own personal values to try to stop the Neocon war machine. At minimum it’s a statement, and I urge all “Liberals” to find a Libertarian type who will stop the war machine, and vote for them on that issue alone.

  5. There is obvious madness in the “Biden administration”. it does NOTHING for the normal everyday people in the USA (ie those who are not rich or corporations) despite desperate need yet does all it can to interfere with other countries, especially those it designates as enemies. China is a rival, doing well and cooperating with so many nations in its BRI. Well, we must stop its chip needs and cross its only red line, the island of Taiwan, legally part of China even in UK law. Russia dares to survive our sanctions, so we continue to blame it for “invading ” its next door neighbour which we have occupied with CIA and NATO help for a decade and keep plying the Nazified “free, democratic” debt-ridden corrupt Ukraine with weapons and money, a redline for Russia which asked for neutrality and NOT NATO enmity.

  6. Is that our only f**kn option? Arms industry in this country only one with an idea?

  7. I wish congress would make sure that veterans have efficient and effective health care instead. The veterans clinic within an hours driving distance to me is a new facility but lacks the personnel to make it work effectively. That is just not right.

  8. If China were to pull the same shabby deal with Cuba the squealing from our government would be so loud we wouldn’t even hear the cries of the Ukrainians, the Afghans, or the Taiwanese.

  9. Is anyone in Washington thinking? Mainland China has been saying the same thing since 1949. It’s not in their national interests to invade Taiwan militarily and if it were possible to hear the voices of the people of Taiwan a very different mood would be present.

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