US Pressures Taiwan to Buy More 'American-Made Weapons'

US Pressures Taiwan to Buy More 'American-Made Weapons'

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The US is pressuring Taiwan to “order” yet another batch of “American-made weapons,” according to a new report.

On Saturday, the New York Times claimed “current and former US and Taiwanese officials” say fresh arms are needed to ensure Taiwan can “repel” a potential “seaborne invasion by China.”

The report says that Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is trying to re-orient the province’s military forces around “asymmetric warfare” and has looked to the US “to buy a large number of mobile, lethal weapons that are difficult to target and counter,” Sputnik reported.

Some of Taipei's requests—such as one for Lockheed Martin’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopters—have been rejected by the US as insufficiently “suited for warfare against the Chinese military,” claims the Times.

One US government employee interviewed describes ongoing Russian military action as a “wake-up in the Pentagon to make sure Taiwan is serious.”

There is a belief among pro-NATO thinktanks that continuing the Russian "special military operation" in Ukraine could inspire Beijing to reunify China at gunpoint.

On Tuesday, US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has taken a hawkish stance towards China, introduced a bill aimed at “fast-tracking” weapons shipments to Taiwan, claiming a Chinese “invasion” of the province “could happen within this decade.”

In recent years, US policy has centered around what legislators in both parties describe as a need to transform Taiwan into a “porcupine” to deter any military advancements from Beijing.

To this day, just 13 United Nations member states recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country. The number has dwindled as Pacific Islands and Latin American nations have pursued increasingly independent foreign relations, despite clear threats by high-ranking officials of the US government (which itself hasn’t recognized Taiwan since 1979).

Taiwan is viewed by the US as crucial for its national security and curtailing China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region. US military officials believe that if Taiwan were to be reincorporated into mainland China that Beijing could effectively cut off oil supplies to US allies in the Pacific. With that bargaining chip, Beijing could then negotiate the US' presence out of East Asia altogether.