Gallagher Introduces Taiwan Defense Act

July 1, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today introduced the Taiwan Defense Act (TDA), a bill that would ensure the United States is able to continue meeting its obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s aggressive military build-up. The TDA requires the Department of Defense to maintain the ability to defeat a Chinese invasion against Taiwan and to report regularly on its progress toward this goal. Senator Josh Hawley introduced companion legislation in the Senate last month. Click HERE for bill text.

“Yesterday, we saw the Chinese Communist Party end one country, two systems. No longer can anyone harbor the illusion that the CCP would unify peacefully with Taiwan," said Rep. Gallagher. "It's long past time to end strategic ambiguity and draw a clear red line through the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan's liberty is a vital national security interest of the United States, and the Taiwan Defense Act helps ensure our military has the capabilities it needs to block CCP aggression."

"Taiwan is the lynchpin of a free and open Indo-Pacific," Senator Hawley said. "If the Chinese Communist Party is allowed to seize control of Taiwan, it will stand ready to dominate the region. This would pose an unacceptable threat to the lives and livelihoods not just of our Asian allies and partners, but of working Americans here at home. We must not allow that to happen."

In particular, over the coming Future Years Defense Program, the bill requires an annual report identifying:

  • The objectives that would be necessary to defeat a fait accompli against Taiwan,
  • The Joint warfighting capabilities and current efforts to organize, train, and equip US armed forces against a fait accompli,
  • An assessment of whether the programs included in the most recent FYDP enable US armed forces to defeat a fait accompli,
  • A description of additional investments or force posture adjustments required to secure these objectives.

ICYMI: Earlier this year, Rep. Gallagher explained why it's time to stand with Taiwan in a National Review op-ed.

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