U.S. Representatives Call for Sale of F-16’s to Taiwan 

“Future of Taiwan Should Be Determined Solely by the People of Taiwan”

Washington, D.C.  — On April 7, New Jersey Reps. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and Scott Garrett (R-NJ) introduced a resolution calling for the expeditious delivery of F16’s to Taiwan and concluding that the future of Taiwan should be determined by the people of Taiwan.

The resolution concludes that “”it is the sense of Congress that–

(3) the future of Taiwan should be determined peacefully by the people of Taiwan and free from coercion by the Government of the People’s Republic of China; and

(4) the President should take immediate steps to redress the deteriorating balance of airpower noted by the 2010 DOD’s annual report on China’s military power, and move forward expeditiously with the sale to Taiwan of new F-16 C/D aircraft and upgrades of the existing F-16 A/B fleet.

“”The resolution also refers to the Taiwan Relations Act as “the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations….” and states that “in the near-term, China’s armed forces are rapidly developing coercive capabilities for the purpose of deterring Taiwan’s pursuit of de jure independence.””

FAPA President Bob Yang states: “The continuing deterioration of Taiwan’s F-16’s fleet stands in stark contrast to China’s unending growth of its defense budget – 12.7 percent as announced by China’s government last month.  Not only is Taiwan’s national security interest at stake in this process, but the U.S. national interest and U.S. credibility and reputation in the region as well.”

Dr. Yang concludes: “China’s motives are clear. They want to annex Taiwan and if they do not succeed in doing so peacefully they will do it by force. It is therefore high time for Congress to affirm the democratic notion of self-determination emphasizing that the future of Taiwan should be determined peacefully and solely by the people of Taiwan; i.e. not by China.”

Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the freedom, security, and stability of Taiwan

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES

Mr. Andrews and Mr. Garrett submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

                                CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the freedom, security, and stability of Taiwan

Whereas for over half a century a close relationship has existed between the United States and Taiwan, and the relationship has been of enormous economic, cultural, and strategic advantage to both countries, the region and the world;

Whereas the United States has vital security and strategic interests in the Taiwan Strait, with United States Armed Forces stationed in countries within the Taiwan Strait region;

Whereas the security of the 23,000,000 people in Taiwan is threatened by the deployment by the Government of the People’s Republic of China of over 1,400 short- and medium-range ballistic missiles targeted at Taiwan;

Whereas the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China passed an anti-secession law on March 14, 2005, which was subsequently condemned by the United States House of Representatives in House Concurrent Resolution 98 (109th Congress), passed by the House of Representatives on March 16, 2005;

Whereas House Concurrent Resolution 98 (109th Congress) states that the anti-secession law seeks ‘‘to create a legal framework for possible use of force against Taiwan” and that it constitutes ‘‘a unilateral change to the status quo in the Taiwan Strait”;

Whereas a 2009 Department of Defense report on the military power of the Government of the People’s Republic of China states that ‘‘[t]he PLA’s modernization vis-a-vis Taiwan has continued over the past year, including its build-up of short-range missiles opposite the island’ ”’, and that ‘‘[i]n the near-term, China’s armed forces are rapidly developing coercive capabilities for the purpose of deterring Taiwan’s pursuit of de jure independence”;

Whereas the report also states that ‘‘[t]hese same capabilities could in the future be used to pressure Taiwan toward a settlement of the cross-Strait dispute on Beijing’s terms while simultaneously attempting to deter, delay, or deny any possible U.S. support for the island in case of conflict”;

Whereas the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, in the 2009 Annual Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community for the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate, stated that ‘‘[p]reparations for a possible Taiwan conflict continue to drive the modernization goals of the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese defense-industrial complex”;

Whereas, on January 21, 2010, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) completed a report on the current condition of the air force of the Government of Taiwan and concludes that, ‘‘although Taiwan has nearly 400 combat aircraft in service, far fewer of these are operationally capable”;

Whereas, on August 16, 2010, the US Department of Defense issued a report titled “”Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China””, in which it noted that in spite of the ongoing rapprochement, the PRC is continuing its military buildup and missile deployment aimed at Taiwan, leading to a further deterioration of the military balance across the Taiwan Strait;

Whereas section 2(b)(4) of the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. 3301(b)(4)), which is the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations, declares that it is the policy of the United States ‘‘to consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means, including by boycotts or embargoes, a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the United States”; and

Whereas section 2(b)(6) of such Act (22 U.S.C. 3301(b)(6)) declares it the policy of the United States ‘‘to maintain the capacity of the United States to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security, or the social or economic system, of the people on Taiwan”: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that—

(1) grave concerns exist concerning the continued deployment by the Government of the People’s Republic of China of over 1,400 ballistic missiles directed toward Taiwan, which threaten security and stability in the Taiwan Strait;

(2) the President should seek a public and unequivocal renunciation from the leaders of the People’s Republic of China of any threat or use of force against Taiwan and the region;

(3) the future of Taiwan should be determined peacefully by the people of Taiwan and free from coercion by the Government of the People’s Republic of China; and

(4) the President should take immediate steps to redress the deteriorating balance of airpower noted by the 2010 DOD’s annual report on China’s military power, and move forward expeditiously with the sale to Taiwan of new F-16 C/D aircraft and upgrades of the existing F-16 A/B fleet.

美國眾議員呼籲軍售台灣F-16戰機

“台灣的未來應僅由台灣人來決定”

紐澤西州民主黨眾議員安德魯斯(Reps. Robert Andrews (D-NJ))及共和黨眾議員蓋瑞特(Scott Garrett (R-NJ))45日提出法案,呼籲美國政府儘速將F-16系列戰機軍售台灣,並表示台灣的未來應該僅由台灣人決定。

法案的結語如下「眾議院的認知為—」

(3) 台灣的未來應該由台灣人民以和平的方式決定,並不受來自中華人民共和國政府的干預;而且

(4) 總統應該立即採取行動,來修正2010國防部中國軍事力量年度報告中所點出失衡的空軍戰力,並儘速軍售台灣新型F-16 C/D戰機及升級現有 F-16 A/B 機群。

法案也將臺灣關係法視為「美台關係的基石..」,並表示「近期,中國軍方正加速提昇武器威嚇能力,以達到嚇阻台灣追求法理獨立的目的。」

FAPA會長楊英育表示:「中國無止盡增加其國防預算,據中國政府上個月公布的數據,達到12.7%。而台灣F-16艦隊的狀態每況愈下,與中國呈強烈對比。不僅台灣國安在此進程中受到威脅,美國的國家利益及美國在該地區的信用和聲望也會受損。」

楊會長最後指出:「中國的動機很清楚。他們想要併吞台灣。要是他們無法以和平方式達到目的,他們就會以武力解決。因此,眾議院此時肯定民主要素其一:自決,強調台灣的未來僅由台灣人民以和平方式解決,而非中國,時機正確。」

(April 7, 2011) U.S. Representatives Call for Sale of F-16’s to Taiwan / 美國眾議員呼籲軍售台灣F-16戰機