WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s stiff resistance towards the invasion by Russian forces might be a model for Taiwan to defend itself should China select to violate the island’s “sovereignty” by attacking, a senior US defense official informed a Senate listening to on Thursday.
The USA, like most international locations, doesn’t have formal ties with Taiwan however is its principal arms provider, and has lengthy urged it to purchase cost-effective and cellular defense techniques — so-called “asymmetric” weapons — to counter China’s extra highly effective navy.
“I think the situation we’re seeing in Ukraine right now is a very worthwhile case study for them about why Taiwan needs to do all it can to build asymmetric capabilities, to get its population ready, so that it can be as prickly as possible should China choose to violate its sovereignty,” mentioned Mara Karlin, assistant secretary of defense for technique, plans and capabilities.
Below america’ “one China” coverage, Washington solely acknowledges China’s stance that the island belongs to it, however takes no place on Taiwan’s sovereignty.
China bristles at any reference to democratically self-governed Taiwan as impartial, and Beijing’s ambassador to Washington warned in January that US encouragement of independence may set off a navy battle between the 2 superpowers.
Requested about Ms. Karlin’s comment to the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, a spokesman for China’s embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, mentioned some in america have abetted forces for Taiwan independence in a bid to carry again China’s rejuvenation.
“This would not only push Taiwan into a precarious situation, but also bring unbearable consequences for the US side,” Mr. Liu mentioned in an e-mail.
Jessica Lewis, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, informed senators that america continues to induce Taiwan to acquire uneven techniques, which had been “used to great effect in Ukraine.”
Taiwan must prioritize short-range air defense, naval sea mines and coastal defense and cruise missiles, Ms. Lewis mentioned, including that america and Taiwan had been more and more seeing eye-to-eye on what certified as an uneven system.
“We’re working with them on that today. I think we have a much deeper understanding of that right now,” Ms. Lewis mentioned.
Ms. Lewis mentioned Taiwan additionally wanted to take a cue on reserve drive reforms from Ukraine, which has volunteer territorial defense models and round 900,000 reservists, and that its inhabitants “has to be ready to fight.”
“Obviously we don’t want there to be a conflict in Taiwan,” Ms. Lewis mentioned. Taiwan has simply created “an all-out defense mobilization organization” and is working with the US Nationwide Guard within the improvement stage, Ms. Lewis mentioned. — Michael Martina/Reuters