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Tsai thanks US senators

Tsai thanks US senators

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday wrote a letter to United States senators John McCain and Benjamin Cardin to thank them for their support for more arms sales to Taiwan.
The two politicians wrote a joint letter to President Barack Obama calling for more “robust” support for security assistance and arms sales for Taiwan.
In her letter, Tsai thanked them for their concern for the country’s security, while also noting that if she was elected president next January 16, she would raise the defense budget and increase investment in the domestic defense industry.
As an important player in the security of East Asia, the US should continue to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons and technological assistance, Tsai wrote. The opposition leader said she hoped to continue close contacts and exchanges with the numerous US members of Congress who supported Taiwan’s security, international space and trade relations.
McCain and Cardin expressed concern about the lack of recent military assistance to Taiwan.
“While recent relations between Taiwan and China have been more encouraging, we remain concerned that China’s ongoing military modernization, and the threat it poses to peace and security in the Taiwan Strait, is not being adequately addressed,” they wrote.
“However, we are troubles that it has now been over four years – the longest period since the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act in 1979 – since the administration has notified Congress of a new arms sale package,” Cardin and McCain wrote.
“The United States should develop and implement an ongoing plan for Taiwan’s military modernization, including how the administration plans to address Taiwan’s legitimate requirement for additional new manned fighters and submarines and other self-defense articles and services.”
During her campaign, Tsai has mentioned she wants Taiwan to build its own submarines, though the project is widely thought to need foreign, in particular US, technology to succeed.
Cardin is a Democrat from Maryland and a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, while McCain, the former presidential candidate and Republican from Arizona, chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Updated : 2021-09-28 05:23 GMT+08:00