Liz Truss says UK should arm TAIWAN amid fears of invasion by China

Now Liz Truss says Britain should send weapons to help TAIWAN amid fears of an invasion by China

  • Foreign Secretary made remarks in Commons select committee yesterday
  • UK has no defence or diplomatic ties with Taiwan, with fears of Chinese invasion
  • She said we should have armed Ukraine ‘earlier’, with a lesson learned for Taiwan
  • UK Chief of the General Staff said we can’t ignore ‘rise andchallenge of China
  • But General Sir Patrick Saunders stopped short of advocating arming Taiwan
  • 러시아군, 화학무기 공격 우려에 방독면 지급 has suggested that the UK should provide military aid to Taiwan.

    그만큼 외국인 비서 made the surprising remarks while giving evidence to a Commons committee yesterday.

    Britain currently has no defence or diplomatic ties with Taiwan, which it is feared could be invaded by 중국, 와 베이징 increasingly hostile towards Taipei.

    Officially the UK position has been to seek a ‘peaceful resolutionbetween the countries. If embarked upon, Miss Truss’s plan would probably enrage the Chinese and leave Britain even shorter on military equipment.

    'We should have done things earlier, we should have been supplying defensive weapons into Ukraine earlier. We need to learn that lesson for Taiwan,' Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told the select committee yesterday

    ‘We should have done things earlier, we should have been supplying defensive weapons into Ukraine earlier. We need to learn that lesson for Taiwan,’ Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told the select committee yesterday

    Appearing before the foreign affairs committee yesterday, Miss Truss said: ‘There is always a tendency, and we’ve seen this prior to the Ukraine war, of wishful thinking, to hope more bad things won’t happen and to wait until it is too late.

    ‘We should have done things earlier, we should have been supplying defensive weapons into Ukraine earlier. We need to learn that lesson for Taiwan. Every piece of equipment we have sent takes months of training, so the sooner we do it the better.

    China has more warships than the US and more than 2,000 combat aircraft. So it was unclear last night how the UK could change the balance of military power.

    A parliamentary report published earlier this year revealed the Royal Navy cannot fulfil all the Government’s existing ambitions – before any consideration is given to handing expensive equipment to the Taiwanese. The Royal Navy has increased its presence in the South China Sea in recent years, with vessels conducting freedom of navigation patrols intended to deter the Chinese.

    In an address to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) defence conference yesterday, the UK’s Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Patrick Saunders, said Britain ‘cannot ignore the exponential rise and chronic challenge of China’. But he stopped short of advocating arming Taiwan.

    A parliamentary report published earlier this year revealed the Royal Navy cannot fulfil all the Government's existing ambitions – before any consideration is given to handing expensive equipment to the Taiwanese. 사진: Taiwan's capital city Taipei at twilight

    A parliamentary report published earlier this year revealed the Royal Navy cannot fulfil all the Government’s existing ambitions – before any consideration is given to handing expensive equipment to the Taiwanese. 사진: Taiwan’s capital city Taipei at twilight

    Sir Patrick’s focus was on Russia and the imminent threat to mainland Europe, in particular the Baltic states, posed by Vladimir Putin.

    He said Russia could be more dangerous after the Ukrainian conflict than before and he wants thousands more troops to be placed on high readiness and sent to defend eastern Europe.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘It is worth remembering that historically Russia often starts wars badly. Its resilience means it can suffer any number of campaigns, battles and engagements lost, regenerate and still, 궁극적으로, prevail.

    ‘While Russia’s conventional capability will be much reduced – for a time, at least – Putin’s intention to restore the lands of ‘historic Russiamake any respite temporary. The threat will become more acute. In most scenarios Russia will be an even greater threat to European security after Ukraine than it was before. And if you want to avert conflict, you’d better be prepared to fight.