China’s Defense Ministry has accused the U.S. of escalating tensions by approving a $440 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan. While the U.S. maintains a “One China” policy and doesn’t formally recognize Taiwan, U.S. law requires a credible defense for Taiwan and treats all threats to the island as grave concerns. China regularly tries to intimidate Taiwan’s population with military activity, as the majority of Taiwanese favor their current de facto independence.
- The recent $440 million sale of U.S. military equipment to Taiwan, including 30mm ammunition, spare parts, and other defense materials, has sparked concerns from China’s Defense Ministry, which accuses the U.S. of interfering in China’s internal affairs and escalating tensions in the region.
- China views Taiwan as its territory and warns that it could use force to assert this claim if necessary, framing U.S. support for Taiwan as turning the self-governing island into a ‘powder keg.’
- Despite having no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan due to the “One China” policy, the U.S. is required by its own law to provide a credible defense for Taiwan and to treat threats to the island seriously.
- China frequently sends military aircraft and vessels into Taiwan’s airspace and sea territory, staging large-scale drills to intimidate Taiwan’s population of 23 million and wear down its military capabilities.
- Taiwan’s strategy involves purchasing military hardware from the U.S., revitalizing its domestic defense industries, and extending compulsory national service for all men, in hopes of holding off potential Chinese forces long enough for external help to arrive.