CCP Aggression Pushes Steel to Solidify Support  for Taiwan’s “Freedom”

China’s aggressive actions have served to encourage lawmakers like Steel to reinforce support of Taiwan through a series of legislative policies.

Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) is bolstering her support of Taiwan amid aggressions from the Chinese Communist Party. Conflict arose after China launched missiles over Taiwan and the Japanese exclusive economic zone in acts of intimidation, and positioned warships and military aircraft around Taiwan.

“The Chinese Communist Party continues to intimidate and pressure our ally and the United States should always be on the side of freedom and democracy,” Steel said in response to the CCP’s actions.

With the Biden administration looking to find bipartisan support in congress for a proposed $1.1b arms sale to Taiwan, Steel is likely to support the effort to help Taiwan. Back in July she lead an effort to authorize the “lend or lease” of defence supplies to Taiwan stating:

“The introduction of this bill comes just days after the people of Taiwan had to participate in more air raid drills in the event of an attack from the Chinese Communist Party. The CCP continues to intimidate and pressure our ally, and the United States should always be on the side of freedom and democracy. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan bill in Congress to show the CCP that we will not back down from supporting our allies.”

Just nine days earlier, Steel took aim at China’s LOGINK system operated by China’s Ministry of Transportation. LOGINK collects real-time shipping data from ports around the globe. Steel’s successful amendment to the 2023 National Defence Authorization Act prevents the Department of Defence and its contractors from engaging with LOGINK.

“We cannot trust the Chinese Communist Party, who routinely violates international norms related to human rights, intellectual property and environmental standards. Our supply chains are already stretched thin, and we can’t risk the CCP stealing logistics information that could have massive implications on private companies and our national security,” Steel said.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently visited Taiwan, much to the disdain of China. While officially, the United States affirms the “One China ” policy, its continued pursuit of an informal relationship with Taiwan is viewed with distrust by the CCP. The CCP sees Taiwan as part of its sovereign territory and is against any interaction with foregin governments by Taiwan.

With the launch of retaliatory missiles, the CCP infringed on the median line in the Taiwan Strait in an apparent testing of boundaries, and exploded missiles close to Taiwan’s coastal waters.

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