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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – U.S. Senator Rick Scott and Congressman Guy Reschenthaler on Thursday, February 18, reintroduced a bill allowing the United States to use military force if China attacks Taiwan.

On Thursday, Scott released a statement in which he announced he was reintroducing the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act (TIPA) to “protect Taiwan from growing aggression from Communist China.” He added that the act further strengthens US-Taiwan relations and strengthens the country’s ability to resist “aggressive policies and military actions” of the communist regime.

In the statement, Scott said that “it is no secret that Secretary General Xi (Jinping) is determined to rule the world,” and called on the United States to act and support “our peaceful ally. and Democratic Taiwan, Scott criticized what he described as the “Biden administration’s policy of appeasement towards Communist China.”

Scott warned that if “Biden fails to stand up to Secretary General Xi,” it would have “absolutely devastating consequences” for US national security and that of its allies. He then urged Democrats and Biden to “take a stand for democracy” and join him and Reschenthaler in holding China “accountable and protecting Taiwan.”

Reschenthaler pointed out that China had in recent months “intensified hostilities against Taiwan”, which he described as a “key security partner” of the United States. He noted that TIPA “empowers and strengthens” Taiwan by calling for a free trade agreement, security cooperation and allowing the commander-in-chief to use military power to protect Taiwan in the event of a direct assault.

In a previous bill uploaded online, it authorizes the President of the United States to use force to protect Taiwan in the following three circumstances:

  1. A direct attack by the Chinese army.
  2. The capture of Taiwan territory by Chinese forces.
  3. Endangering Taiwan’s military forces or civilians.

Here is a list of key points from the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act uploaded Thursday from Scott’s website:

  • Strengthens long-standing US policy in Taiwan by strengthening Taiwan’s ability to resist aggressive actions by China.
  • Help Taiwan counter China’s military build-up across the Taiwan Strait.
  • Establishes a limited authorization for the president to use military force for the specific purpose of securing and protecting Taiwan from armed attacks.
  • Demands that China renounce the use or threat of military force to unify with Taiwan.
  • Establishes a series of security dialogues and combined military exercises between the United States, Taiwan and like-minded security partners.
  • Requires planning for coordinated military action in the event of an attack on Taiwan by China.
  • Advises Taiwan to devote additional domestic resources to its own defense, including the acquisition of asymmetric defensive weapons, reform of Taiwan’s reserve system, and engagement with the United States in cyber defense activities.
  • Encourages the Ministry of Defense to send appropriate personnel to enroll in Taiwan National Defense University.
  • Urges the US trade representative to start negotiations with Taiwan on a bilateral trade agreement.
  • Encourages the US President, or Secretary of State, to meet with the Taiwanese President on Taiwanese soil.
  • Welcomes the Taiwanese President at a Joint Meeting of Congress.

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