WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner on the danger of Communist China's assault on democracy in Hong Kong and why it is now more important than ever for President Biden to stand up for democracy in Taiwan and protect its freedom and security.
In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “The Chinese Communist Party has made its final assault on Hong Kong’s democratic system. At General Secretary Xi Jinping’s direction, the Chinese Communist Party is proposing that members of Hong Kong’s democratically elected Legislative Council be vetted and approved by the Election Committee of Hong Kong, a pro-Beijing committee that also selects Hong Kong’s chief executive. Here’s what that means: Anybody who holds office in Hong Kong will be a puppet for Xi and beholden to China’s communist ideals.
With communist China’s domination of Hong Kong essentially complete, its eyes are already turning to Taiwan. It is now more important than ever for President Joe Biden to work with our allies to contain Beijing’s reach and protect the freedom and security of Taiwan.
For decades, communist China has threatened Taiwan and lately has done so explicitly in word and deed. China’s increasingly frequent actions to harass and intimidate the Taiwanese people, including regular military encroachments on Taiwanese islands and air space, should be concerning for all of the world’s democracies.
Communist China’s reckless behavior means America’s relationship with Taiwan is more important than ever. That’s why I introduced the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act with Rep. Guy Reschenthaler to reaffirm U.S. policy toward Taiwan and end the “strategic ambiguity” that has been implicit in our policy. I am not calling for Taiwan’s independence; that is for the Taiwanese people to decide.
However, we must support Taiwan’s ability to resist communist China’s aggression. The bill authorizes the president to use military force to protect Taiwan in the event of a violent or military invasion, increases military support for Taiwan through the State and Defense departments, and would require the president to visit Taiwan and declare America’s commitment to protecting Taiwan in the event of an invasion.
Working together, the freedom-loving nations of the world can prevent what happened in Hong Kong from being repeated in Taiwan.”
Read the full op-ed in the Washington Examiner HERE.