Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (L) poses next to Air Force pilots during her visit to Penghu, Taiwan, 30 August 2022. EPA-EFE FILE/RITCHIE B. TONGO

US readies to expand military aid to Taiwan despite Chinese objection

Washington, Sep 14 (EFE).- A United States Senate committee on Wednesday approved legislation to considerably expand Washington’s military aid for Taiwan at a time of great tension with China over the sovereignty of the island.

Democratic Senator from New Jersey Bob Menendez speakds during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 15 June 2022. EPA-EFE FILE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 with 17 votes in favor and only five against.

A TV screen shows a news reports of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L), meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (R), at the Presidential Palace in Taipei in a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China, 03 August 2022. EPA-EFE FILE/JEROME FAVRE

It will now be transferred to the plenary session and, if approved, would allocate to Taiwan security assistance of $4.5 billion for four years and designate it as a major non-NATO ally, among other things.

Washington says the proposal promotes the security of Taiwan, ensures regional stability and deters Chinese aggression against Taiwan, as well as imposing sanctions on Beijing for hostile action against Taiwan.