On April 17, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the Ukraine incursion was a “lesson” for Washington to deal with cross-strait tensions. The U.S. should not delay giving Taiwan weapons as it did to Ukraine.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, he said, “Ukraine was craving the ability to defend themselves. Had we moved the weapons to Ukraine earlier, it would have saved thousands of lives.”

He added that based on China’s recent activities, the scenery would repeat if the White House treated Taiwan as it did to Ukraine.

McCarthy said, “Look to the future of what China is doing. Taiwan has been waiting more than a year for weapons they’ve already purchased to defend themselves. This is a lesson we should learn today.”

When a group of six senior US lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during an unannounced visit last week, China dispatched six planes to conduct military drills near Taiwan’s southwest air defense zone.

Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez, who led the group, reaffirmed support for Taiwan if China launches an attack.

Menendez said the move from China “did not dissuade us from coming” and would “not dissuade us in the future in supporting Taiwan.”

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