The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure on Wednesday that would give $6.5 billion in military aid to Taiwan, in what would be a dramatic escalation toward conflict with China.
In addition to giving $6.5 billion in military aid to Taiwan, the legislation, called the Taiwan Policy Act, would give the country the preference of a “major non-NATO ally,” funneling arms into Taipei, and mandating sanctions against China if they launch attacks against Taiwan.
This legislation would move the U.S. dangerously closer to a proxy war against China. It passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a 17-5 margin. The only lawmakers who opposed the passage of the measure were Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ed Markey (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).