Are the United States and China heading for a showdown over Taiwan?

Since President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan landed in New York on Wednesday, reports indicate that authorities in China are careful about her trip.

China has warned that she will retaliate if House Speaker Kevin McCarthy meets the Taiwanese leader during her planned visit to California.

The Wall Street Journal stated that upon his return from his trip to Guatemala and Belize, he would meet with President McCarthy and other Republican leaders at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

McCarthy is the nation’s highest Republican office and is second in succession to Vice President Kamala Harris.

Taiwanese President in the U.S.

China strongly opposes any form of official interaction between the U.S. and Taiwan,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning told reporters at a daily briefing on Thursday. “China will continue to closely monitor the situation and resolutely safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The Chinese government in Beijing views Taiwan, a self-governing democracy home to 23 million people, as an independent province that must be returned to central Chinese rule at any cost. One of the most contentious aspects of relations between China and the United States is the ongoing situation in Taiwan.

Tsai has stated that the purpose of her trip to the U.S. and Central America is to express gratitude to Taiwan’s “democracy partners” for their support.

Tsai was quoted as saying, “In making this journey, I want to thank our democratic partners for their support of Taiwan,” by The Hill on Wednesday. I also want to assure the international community that democratic Taiwan is committed to upholding our ideals of freedom and democracy.

To maintain the positive feedback loop and fortify democratic resistance all across the world, we shall keep up our good work on the global stage.

Lawmakers call for sanctions.

Numerous American legislators have brought up the fact that Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping has reportedly ordered the Chinese Communist Party’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), to prepare to invade Taiwan in 2027. The allies of the United States, the regional military, and the country itself would all suffer severely from such a move.

However, members of Congress have also warned that the United States has yet to formulate a clear strategy to protect the American economy and significantly bolster our partners in the region as a deterrent to inflicting maximum consequences on the CCP in the event of a disaster. 

This week, Senators Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida) and Gary Peters (Democrat of Michigan) introduced the National Resilience and Taiwan Protection Act. 

This bipartisan, bicameral proposal would require the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies to report to Congress on non-kinetic options for the United States to prepare for and respond to a CCP attack on Taiwan, including chances of sanctioning the CCP and avoiding retaliation from Beijing.

In December, a similar measure was presented in the Senate, but it did not come to a vote.

A strategy to respond to China

“The threat of a reckless blockade or invasion of Taiwan by the CCP is real, and both the United States and our international allies must be prepared for it. 

We must establish a strategy to respond to the CCP’s hostile conduct,” Senator Rubio said in a statement, noting that the United States is “hostage to Beijing’s power” due to its dependence on China’s murderous government. A fellow Democrat shared his colleague’s views.

In light of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, Senator Peters argued, “the relationship between the United States and Taiwan is vital, and we must guard against negative actors like the Chinese government endangering the sovereignty of other nations.”

This bipartisan legislation would assist in ensuring that the United States is ready to respond if the Chinese government were to violate Taiwan’s sovereignty, which is important despite the importance of measures to prevent aggression.

The bill mandates that the Department of Defense develop a comprehensive sanctions strategy against Beijing in the event of hostilities against Taiwan in coordination with the Departments of Treasury, the Intelligence Community and Commerce, and Homeland Security.

The strategy would also look at how an invasion would affect the United States and offer ways to strengthen national resilience before an attack.

complementary legislation

It was also announced that Representatives Chris Smith (Republican of New Jersey) and Brad Schneider (Democrat of Illinois) would introduce complementary legislation in the House of Representatives.

“Now more than ever, we must support the free people of democratic Taiwan. Planning today for tomorrow’s contingencies – including the threat of an invasion by Communist China – makes them less likely to occur,” said Rep.

 Smith. “This legislation combines preparation with determination by calling for strategies to counter any offensive gambits by Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party and to squeeze their ability to carry out military operations against the free people of Taiwan.”

Lessons from the war in Ukraine

Moreover, Representative Schneider warned that the United States must be ready to cope with an opportunistic Chinese dictatorship that may have drawn the wrong lessons from Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine.

“By showing the Chinese Communist Party that Democrats and Republicans are working together to ensure our military is prepared, this bill will deter future aggression and protect Taiwan’s freedom for future generations.”

In December, President Joseph Biden authorized a security assistance package for Taiwan for $10 billion. It is worth noting, however, that the United States has no formal ties with the autonomous territory. Only 13 nations maintain formal ties with the Taipei government, and earlier this week, Honduras switched diplomatic relations to Beijing.