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In the face of heightened Communist Chinese belligerence and threats, congressional Republicans are preparing to introduce legislation for a “lend-lease” military aid program for Taiwan.

Similar to the World War II program of the same name that aided both Britain and Russia, the GOP bill would authorize the president to lend or lease weapons and military equipment to Taiwan.

Earlier this year Congress voted to resurrect the lend-lease program to aid Ukraine in its defense against Russia. Lawmakers hope to do the same now for Taiwan before it gets invaded.

The island nation would then have 12 years to repay the cost of “restoring or replacing” the borrowed weapons, though the bill allows the White House to renegotiate the repayment sum if it determines that the money would harm the national security of Taiwan and the United States.

Thankfully, this is one area we seem to have bipartisanship, with the bill already gaining critical bipartisan support within Congress.

In the House, the bill was initiated by GOP Rep. Michelle Steel of California, a first generation American of Korean heritage who defeated Democrat Rep. Harley Rouda in 2021.

“I’m proud to lead this bipartisan bill in Congress to show the CCP that we will not back down from supporting our allies,” said Steel.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn a Republican from Tennessee is presenting the bill in the Senate. She said:

Taiwan is our greatest partner in the Indo-Pacific region, and their continued sovereignty is essential to challenging the New Axis of Evil.” Taiwan should know that the United States will support them with defense supplies – including weapons and machinery – regardless of what the Chinese Communist Party says.

Taiwan’s official representative to the U.S., Representative Bi-khim Hsiao, told Fox News Digital that it welcomed any help in its fight for freedom.

We appreciate Congress’ effort to seek creative avenues to strengthen Taiwan’s defense capabilities. Taiwan is determined to defend our freedom and democratic way of life, and we will continue to work with the U.S. and like-minded partners to uphold the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
5 days ago

Maybe apply same to Ukraine?? too

John Watkins
John Watkins
4 days ago

At end of Vietnam War, several WW II destroyers went to ROC Navy including the USS Shelton DD790 that became Lao Yang DD-20 and served until 1999 (55 yrs!). Modifications made during those years included missile mounts replacing 5”-38 guns mounts.
Was that transfer a lend lease similar to what is being proposed?

4 days ago

I want Congress and the Senate to STOP giving to other countries I am sick and tired of it. I realize some of them are hurting but so are we and I think We The People are more important than every other country. AMERICA FIRST!!!!!