National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby told a press conference that the U.S. takes seriously the responsibility to help Taiwan defend itself. He also said no further information was available regarding the Foreign Military Financing program.
China established a new normal in the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense announced on the 9th that a total of eight aircraft sorties and five ships disrupted Taiwan. China's J-16 fighter jets crossed the median line from the northern end of the Strait, and the Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft crossed the median line from the southern end, entering our southwest Air Defense Identification Zone. Taiwan's military has strengthened its monitoring abilities and continues to improve its combat power. The U.S. Congress passed an appropriation bill, which provides Taiwan with paid military aid. The outside world is closely watching the progress. The White House has not disclosed when the aid will arrive in Taiwan but reiterated that the U.S. is serious about helping to improve Taiwan's self-defense capabilities. Analysts believe that Taiwan and the U.S. are now negotiating, but the U.S. is now interested in slowing down the process.
John Kirby, Strategic Communication Coordinator, National Security Council: “You know, we just very recently agreed to, I think it was a billion dollars, of FNF not too long ago. And we take those responsibilites to help Taiwan with their self-defense very very seriously.”
Chieh Chung, Assoc. Analyst, National Security Div., National Policy Foundation: “Washington probably does not want to move so fast and let this destroy the good wills between the U.S. and China after Xi and Biden's meeting last year. Whether this is paid or unpaid military aid, it amounts to a quasi-alliance status. Thus, Washington is probably gauging Beijing's reaction.”
Analysts believe that as long as the U.S. announces the military aid, it is tantamount to upgrading the U.S.-Taiwan relation to a paramilitary alliance. China's suspected spy balloon dispute has severely damaged U.S.-China relations. Analysts believe that the U.S. may be slowing the military aid process to avoid China's misjudgment. However, Harry Harris, the former Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, called for a change in Taiwan policy to establish a clear strategy.
Harry Harris, Former Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command: “We would be in better place. And Taiwan would be in a much better place to defend itself. I mean isn't that what we really want? We want them to fight and die for their country, not us to fight and die for their country. ”
Harris pointed out that the United States can assist Taiwan in strengthening its military training. He also called for the signing of a free trade agreement between the two countries as soon as possible. Melanie Sisson, a foreign policy research fellow at the Brookings Institution, proposed that Taiwan should turn itself into a "porcupine," deploying torpedoes, fast-attack missile ships, and anti-ship defense capabilities, in response to China's possible blockade of Taiwan.