Original title: the US Senate and the Senate support the strengthening of Taiwan's military strength through the "2019 National Defense Authorization Act".
[World Wide Web Roundup] the US Senate passed the "2019 fiscal year National Defense Authorization Act" today. According to Taiwan's "freedom times" 2 reports, since the United States House of representatives in July 26th through the two houses through a consultative version, support for the strengthening of Taiwan military preparedness and other provisions are retained, so it is only to wait for the US President Trump to sign the law.
According to reports, the Senate today by 87 votes in favor of 10 votes against the two chambers to pass the consultative version of the "fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill." 1257th of them are to strengthen the military preparedness of Taiwan.
According to the report, the main content of the bill is defense assessment. After consultation with the appropriate Taiwan, the United States Defense Minister must carry out a comprehensive assessment of Taiwan's military capacity, especially the reserve force of Taiwan. The act also stipulates that, within one year after the entry into force of the legislation, the Secretary of defense is required to submit this defense assessment report to the appropriate committee of the Congress after the Secretary of state's consultation with the Secretary of state. The report should also propose a plan that includes the use of appropriate security cooperation, so that the United States should implement any related recommendations on the list; expand the military contacts and joint training of the senior US and Taiwan armed forces at the senior level; support the transfer of US arms sales and other equipment, especially the development of asymmetrical combat capabilities.
At the same time, the report said that the 1258th section of the bill also claimed by Congress that the "relations with Taiwan law" and "six guarantees" were the cornerstones of the US Taiwan relations. The contents include: the United States should strengthen its cooperation with Taiwan in defense and security, and support Taiwan in developing its much-needed defense forces in order to maintain adequate self-defense capabilities. In accordance with the law on relations with Taiwan, the United States should strongly support Taiwan's defensive weapons through foreign arms sales, direct commercial sale and industrial cooperation, with emphasis on asymmetric forces and under water combat capabilities.
In addition, the bill mentions that the United States should ensure timely review and response to Taiwan's demand for arms sales in order to improve the predictability of arms sales to Taiwan. The Minister of defense should promote the Ministry of Defense's exchange policy to strengthen Taiwan's security, including the opportunity to carry out actual combat training and military exercises with Taiwan, and promote the exchange of senior defense officials and military generals.
Prior to the adoption of the "draft 2019 national defense authorization law" by the United States House of Representatives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang had responded solemnly. China expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the relevant terms related to China, and had made a solemn negotiation to the United States on this occasion. If the relevant contents are passed into law, the mutual trust between China and the United States will be seriously damaged, the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in relevant fields and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait will be damaged. We urge the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality and the outdated concept of zero-sum game, and immediately delete the negative content so as to maintain, rather than interfere with, the stable development of bilateral relations.
Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang also responded that Taiwan is part of China. We firmly oppose any form of official contacts and military contacts between any country and Taiwan. This position is clear and definite. There is no way out for self importance. We urge the US side to scrupulously abide by the one China principle and the three United States joint communique stipulates in China and the United States to deal with the Taiwan related issues carefully so as not to damage the relations between the two forces of China and the United States and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.
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