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Troops for Taiwan not out of the question in case of China attack, McCaul says

Troops for Taiwan not out of the question in case of China attack, McCaul says

The possibility of sending US troops to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack has been raised by a senior Republican lawmaker. Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Wednesday that he believes the US should be willing to use military force to protect Taiwan if necessary.

McCaul's comments came amid escalating tensions between China and Taiwan, which Beijing views as a breakaway province. China has been ramping up military pressure on Taiwan in recent months, with a record number of Chinese fighter jets entering Taiwan's air defense identification zone in March.

The US has long maintained a policy of "strategic ambiguity" towards Taiwan, neither fully endorsing its independence nor ruling out the use of force to defend it. However, the Biden administration has signaled a tougher stance on China, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in March that the US has a "serious commitment" to Taiwan's defense.

McCaul, who has previously called for the US to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state, said in an interview with Fox News that he believes the US should be "very clear" with China that any military action against Taiwan would be met with a forceful response.

"I think we should have a very clear message to China that if they were to do that, that we would respond with force," he said. "And I don't think that should be out of the realm of possibility that we would send troops, if that were the case."

McCaul's comments were met with criticism from some quarters, with Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, saying that "the last thing we need is a military confrontation with China."

However, others have argued that a more assertive US posture towards China is necessary to deter aggression against Taiwan. Sen. Rick Scott, a Florida Republican, tweeted on Wednesday that "China must understand that we will do whatever it takes to protect Taiwan."

The US has been increasing its military support for Taiwan in recent years, with the Trump administration approving a series of arms sales to the island. The Biden administration has continued that policy, with the State Department approving a $750 million arms sale to Taiwan in December.

However, the prospect of sending US troops to defend Taiwan is a highly contentious issue, with many experts warning that it could lead to a catastrophic conflict with China. China has repeatedly warned the US against interfering in Taiwan, and has threatened to use force to reunify the island with the mainland if necessary.

The US has not officially recognized Taiwan as a sovereign state since switching diplomatic recognition to China in 1979. However, the US maintains unofficial relations with Taiwan and is bound by law to provide it with the means to defend itself.

As tensions between China and Taiwan continue to rise, the question of how the US should respond to a potential conflict is likely to remain a highly debated issue. While some lawmakers may advocate for a more assertive posture towards China, others may argue that a peaceful resolution to the dispute is the best way to avoid a potentially catastrophic conflict.

 

The possibility of sending US troops to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack has been raised by a senior Republican lawmaker. Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Wednesday that he believes the US should be willing to use military force to protect Taiwan if necessary.

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