Pass the Taiwan Defense Act — Tell China That America Will Defend Taiwan

◎ By requiring a constant strengthening of U.S. capabilities, explicitly devoted to the defense of Taiwan, the Taiwan Defense Act would signal clearer U.S. intentions.

Even before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump signaled China’s communist government that the old ways of doing business were ending. He shocked Beijing and the U.S. foreign policy establishment when he accepted a congratulatory call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and made a dismissive comment about the once-sacrosanct “One China” policy.

Since then, the Trump administration has taken unprecedented actions to deepen America’s security and diplomatic relationship with Taiwan. On a separate but parallel course, Congress passed a succession of broadly bipartisan bills further strengthening America’s moral and diplomatic support for democratic Taiwan in the face of ever-increasing Chinese pressure.

First published in The Hill.

Joseph Bosco served as China country director for the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific director of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief from 2009 to 2010. He is a nonresident fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies and the Institute for Taiwan-American Studies, and has held nonresident appointments in the Asia-Pacific program at the Atlantic Council and the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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