“Nearly six months into this struggle, Ukraine is bloodied however nonetheless standing unbowed. NATO is greater, not smaller. The Worldwide Legal Court docket is coming after Putin and his cronies, and we’re going to strangle the Russian economic system so long as they’re the biggest state sponsor of terrorism. If you wish to obtain what [Vladimir] Putin did, attempt to enter Taiwan,” Graham mentioned.
“The precise response is to push again towards a bully, not cower,” he added.
The elevated stress from lawmakers comes after China launched a collection of navy workout routines round Taiwan following Pelosi’s go to, what Blumenthal referred to as “bullying and blustering.”
The White Home has been skittish on the bipartisan bid for a extra aggressive posture on U.S.-Taiwan coverage and has labored to reel Congress in, because the administration fears the legislation could interfere with its assurances to Beijing about upholding the “One China” coverage — a diplomatic acknowledgment of Beijing’s place that there’s just one Chinese language authorities.
Russia’s invasion has brought on each Democrats and Republicans to reevaluate America’s coverage of “strategic ambiguity” relating to Taiwan, with which the U.S. has had a clumsy official relationship because it acknowledged the federal government of mainland China within the Nineteen Seventies.
“China is watching what we do in Ukraine. That’s why we have to ship extra of the HIMARS a number of long-range artillery in order that Ukraine is profitable throughout this subsequent month throughout its counteroffensive,” Blumenthal mentioned. He additionally referred to as for strikes to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, extra sanctions towards the Kremlin and extra humanitarian assist in Ukraine.