Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) announced on Friday, July 17, that he expects to introduce a bill in Congress soon that would authorize the United States to intervene militarily in the event of an attempted Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
In an interview with Fox Business, host Lou Dobbs asked Yoho if the United States was doing enough to protect allies like Taiwan, South Korea, or Japan from the aggressive military posture of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the region.
Yoho said the trilateral agreement between the United States, South Korea, and Japan is “one of the strongest relationships in national security,” although he acknowledged that when it came to Taiwan, the United States was not doing enough, Taiwan News reported.
In Taiwan News speaking to Yoho said that since the days of Henry Kissinger and forward, there’s been “strategic ambiguity” about our policies between Taiwan and China. He will be introducing a bill next week, and it’s going to be called the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, and this is something that’s going to “lay very clear what our intent is.”
Yoho said that the law would allow the use of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) if China invades Taiwan, a scenario that would result in “a five-year sunset” that would encourage President Donald Trump to use force.
Referring to the policy of the Reagan administration, Yoho recalled that the United States now also has the ability to provide Taiwan with weapons to defend itself. He also criticized the tactics of the Xi Jinping regime for announcing that it was ready to attack Taiwan without even letting it know.
According to Yoho who has been known to support Taiwan, the country has never been part of communist China and does not want to be either. According to a poll published earlier this month, 67% of people in Taiwan consider themselves Taiwanese, while 27.7% support “maintaining the status quo and moving toward independence.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked Yoho for his words. According to spokeswoman Joanne Ou, the U.S. support is due to “a series of friendly measures approved by the Senate and the House in recent years to demonstrate the emphasis placed on peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait through concrete actions.”
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to monitor the progress of the case and maintain close contact with friends in the U.S. Congress and the administration to defend Taiwan’s free and democratic way of life and jointly promote regional peace, stability, and prosperity,” Ou said.