WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott introduced the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, sponsored by Congressman Ted Yoho in the House, to protect Taiwan from Communist China’s growing aggression. The Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act further reinforces the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and strengthens Taiwan’s ability to resist Communist China’s aggressive moves.
Senator Rick Scott said, “For months, I’ve called on Communist China to stop abusing human rights, live up to its commitment to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy, and end its efforts to crack down on Taiwan. Communist China continues to threaten our important ally – a threat not only to the people of Taiwan, but to the United States and our allies around the globe. We must do everything we can to discourage Communist China from using military force against a peaceful democratic power, and the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act demonstrates our commitment to Taiwan and to the importance of freedom and democracy.”
The Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act:
- Reinforces the long-standing U.S. policy on Taiwan by strengthening Taiwan’s ability to resist Communist China’s aggressive moves.
- Helps Taiwan counter Communist China’s military buildup across the Taiwan straits.
- Establishes a limited authorization for the President to use military force for the specific purpose of securing and protecting Taiwan against armed attack.
- Demands Communist China renounce the use or threat of military force in unifying with Taiwan.
- Establishes a series of security dialogues and combined military exercises between the U.S., Taiwan, and likeminded security partners.
- Requires planning for coordinated military action in case of an attack on Taiwan by the People’s Republic of China.
- Advises Taiwan to dedicate additional domestic resources towards its own defense, including the acquisition of asymmetric defensive weapons, reform of Taiwan’s reserve system, and engagement with the United States on cyber defense activities.
- Encourages the Department of Defense to send appropriate personnel to enroll in Taiwan’s National Defense University.
- Urges the U.S. Trade Representative to enter into negotiations with Taiwan on a bilateral trade agreement.
- Encourages the U.S. President, or Secretary of State, to meet with the President of Taiwan on Taiwan soil.
- Welcomes the President of Taiwan to address a Joint Meeting of Congress.