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House’s first China Committee hearing highlights Taiwan defenses

House’s first China Committee hearing highlights Taiwan defenses

House’s first China Committee hearing highlights Taiwan defenses

By Bryant Harris
March 1st, 2023

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers made the case for arming Taiwan when the House select committee on China convened its first hearing on Tuesday.

McMaster noted the $19 billion backlog in State Department-approved arms sales for Taiwan and said “hard power matters and what matters much more than pledges of more defense sales, for example, are real capabilities on the ground and integrated, in this case, with the Taiwanese armed forces.”

“What’s really important is the need for us to recognize that we need to build our defense capabilities,” McMaster added.

Gallagher, who has likened U.S.-China competition to “a new Cold War,” has vowed to “arm Taiwan to the teeth” to deter a Chinese invasion.

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