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TAIPEI Act Passes Senate and House Committee

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the TAIPEI Act, a bill that is intended to encourage countries to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan and to punish with U.S. sanctions countries that break ties with Taiwan in favor of mainland China. The House version of the bill also passed unanimously in the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

As reported by Taiwan News, members of the House spoke in favor of formal recognition of Taiwan as an independent country.

Of course, if Taiwan should declare full independence and the U.S. recognizes Taiwan as independent, the CCP will blow a gasket.

Our attitude is that if the CCP vehemently opposes something, it is almost certainly the right thing to do. We encourage the House to quickly pass the TAIPEI act and for President Trump to sign the bill into law.

Beyond that, it’s a fact that the People’s Republic of China and the CCP have never controlled Taiwan, and the CCP’s claims on Taiwan are completely illegitimate. Taiwan is a de facto independent country, and should be recognized as such.

Nevertheless, the CCP’s military threats against Taiwan cannot be ignored. Xi Jinping has said that if Taiwan declares itself an independent country, the CCP will take military action, invading Taiwan to forcibly integrate it into the People’s Republic of China. (Ironically, to claim independence, Taiwan – the Republic of China -would have to give up its historical claims as the legitimate government of the Chinese mainland). So, before declaring independence, Taiwan would need formal defense treaties with the U.S. and neighboring countries. It is unlikely that will happen any time soon, so for now, supporting Taiwan through arms sales, consultation, diplomatic measures (like the TAIPEI Act) and so on is the most likely – and probably the correct – path forward for the time being.

Taiwan is an example of what mainland China could be – a free and open democratic nation where the rights and opinions of its citizens are protected and respected. Its peaceful transition from a dictatorial regime under the Kuomintang to a true democracy is an inspiration to the world.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously Passes TAIPEI Act

The Senate Foreign Relations committee unanimously passed the TAIPEI Act, introduced by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado.

The Senate bill is intended to support allies of Taiwan and put pressure on countries that cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

As reported in Taiwan News:

During the committee meeting, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner said that China constantly threatens Taiwan’s democracy and that the U.S. “should use every tool to support Taiwan’s standing on the international stage.” Gardner described the act as a “whole-of-government approach” to send a clear signal to the world “that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan.”

It is gratifying to see the U.S. Congress showing bipartisan support for democracy in Asia, yesterday by unanimously passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act out of the respective House and Senate committees, and today passing the TAIPEI Act out of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. We urge Congress to pass these bills out of the entire House and Senate and send them to President Trump for his signature as soon as possible.

Zhejiang University Steals/Copies Boston Dynamics Technology. Marco Rubio Pushes TAIPEI Act. Continuing Protests in Hong Kong.

While not denying that it happens, this writer has sometimes thought that the talk of China stealing much of their technology from the U.S. and other countries has been overblown. China certainly has plenty of smart engineers and scientists, so do they really need to steal that much technology? But after seeing this video, it certainly looks like some well-known technology was stolen, or at least copied, from the U.S. company Boston Dynamics.

Now look at a short clip of Boston Dynamics’ Spot Mini that will be for sale commercially soon – one of a series of similar robots that the company has developed:

The similarities are unmistakable. Was Zhejiang University’s robot technology stolen or copied? We can’t say. But it is certainly not original.

After the Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to mainland China, it has been facing backlash, most prominently from Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Gardner (both Republicans). They are pushing for passage of the TAIPEI Act, which promotes diplomatic recognition of Taiwan by other countries and sanctions countries that switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to mainland China. The bill has bipartisan support, but did not pass the Senate in 2018. Given recent events in Hong Kong and elsewhere, we would not be surprised if the bill gains more support this year.

This Taiwan News article has more details: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3778287

The protests in Hong Kong continued today, with the Hong Kong police once again demonstrating that they are completely out of control and lawless, and the leadership denying that there is any problem at all. First of all:

And then, of course, Hong Kong police spokespeople saying they don’t see any problem:

There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.

U.S. Sells F-16 Fighters to Taiwan

Taiwan News is reporting that President Trump has approved the sale of 66 F-16V fighters to Taiwan, and that the U.S. Congress will approve the $8 billon deal.

F-16 Falcon fighter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/1115741330/in/album-72157601438408151/)

This deal will undoubtedly upset Beijing, which is already under pressure from a slowing economy, the trade war with the U.S. and the protests in Hong Kong. Along with recent sales of the advanced F-35 Lightning 2 fighters to Japan and Korea, the improved capability for Taiwan’s military enabled by the F-16 sales just adds to Beijing’s problems.

Taiwan News Opinion: China’s disregard for HK freedoms shows why Taiwan must take a stand

Taiwan News writer David Spencer, in an opinion piece posted August 3rd, argues that Beijing’s handling of the Hong Kong protests show that Taiwan must not give in to pressure from Beijing to re-unite.

It is perfectly possible that the CCP will resort to sending the ironically-named People’s Liberation Army onto the streets to suppress the people. This action could easily lead to another Tiananmen Square with serious blood being spilt on the streets of Hong Kong.
The CCP will want to avoid this and the inevitable international backlash that will follow. But with protestors showing no sign of backing down, there is a growing feeling that this is the moment when Hong Kong’s freedom movement will either succeed or die trying.
This moment could be the endgame for Hong Kong and the notion of “One Country, Two Systems.”

David Spencer in Taiwan News

Definitely read the whole article.

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