US think tank urges support for Taiwan, sanctions on China

The International Assessment and Strategy Center believes the U.S. needs to push back harder against China's threats

Rick Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center.

Rick Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Think tank researcher Rick Fisher said on Tuesday (April 16) the U.S. ought to criticize China more directly and encourage other democratic nations to condemn its actions.

In an interview following a Congressional seminar on Taiwan-U.S. space cooperation, Fisher, who works for security analysis think tank the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said he supports sanctions against China, according to Central News Agency.

He said the US$50 million sale of F16-V fighter jets to Taiwan, approved by the Pentagon on Monday, signifies the U.S. supports efforts to shore up Taiwan’s national defense capabilities.

The researcher expressed hope the U.S. can convey the F-16Vs to Taiwan as soon as possible to strengthen the country’s combat capacity. China’s threats towards Taiwan are unrelenting, he said, and the country is constantly strengthening and reforming its military.

The U.S. should not mince its words on China, said Fisher, and be more systematic in its approach to its dealings with Beijing. The U.S. should also encourage the entire democratic world to condemn China for its threatening actions, he added.

Regarding news that China is to land on the moon by 2030, Fisher said it is likely to happen sooner.

He said he believes the U.S. cannot work hand-in-hand with China and conduct a joint mission to the moon. China’s mission will be led by the People’s Liberation Army, he said, which means there are military objectives.

The U.S. would be better off collaborating with democratic allies to make the most of the space economy and guarantee aeronautical safety, Fisher said. Taiwan could be an important partner for the U.S. in this regard, he added.

Global Taiwan Institute research specialist, David An, introduced the Taiwan Formosat-5 satellite at its U.S. launch in August 2017. He said Taiwan’s highly-skilled technological talent pool and the U.S.’s enthusiasm to invest in the field are complementary.