GOP Sen. Marco Rubio Believes America Must Protect Taiwan Against China

According to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a war with China is only a matter of strategic financial prevention. His comments come amid the possibility of a U.S.-China conflict over Taiwan, which has recently become an issue of growing concern in Washington.

“China knows that any sort of military intervention in Taiwan would be very costly. The reason why they haven’t done it already, years ago, is because they believe that the costs of military intervention in Taiwan were heavier than the benefits of doing it,” Rubio said in an interview with Fox News. 

“We have to ensure that that equation remains that way. The day the benefit of going into Taiwan outweighs the cost – the risk of them doing it is very high,” Rubio continued.

The communist regime in Beijing has made clear its intentions to pursue “complete reunification” of Taiwan with mainland China.

The relationship between the two nations has been tense since the Republic of China relocated to the western Pacific island in 1949 to escape the tyrannical claws of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Even though Taiwan is classified as a sovereign nation, the CCP,  the United Nations and the United States still consider Taiwan as a part of the mainland due to the “one-China” policy. America however has vowed to support Taipei’s capacity to function without China imposing total control on the island.

Chinese control of Taiwan could lead to increased supply chain challenges for the U.S. and global economies. This is a problem that already plagues the tech and automotive industries.

Taiwan produces the majority of semiconductors that are required to meet increasing global demand.

Rubio said that the U.S. must not lose face in protecting an ally, except to stop a Chinese monopoly on the vital supply of semiconductors

“If Taiwan would ever be taken by force…and the U.S. is incapable or unwilling to do anything about it – that is the end. Not just of the strength of our alliances and our assurances to the different allies in the Asia Pacific region, but it’s the end of them all over the world,” Rubio explained.

Rubio, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that China wants to prevent U.S. interference in Taiwan by building their missile defenses capable of causing significant casualties and sinking costly aircraft carriers.

“You’ve got to be able to defeat the weapons they’re developing. What they are trying to do is develop weapons that basically forces [the U.S.] to not send aircraft carriers and naval vessels into the vicinity. And if we don’t have the technology to defeat the things that they are developing – we won’t be able to do that and they know that,” Rubio added.

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