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Two US senators push for faster vaccine delivery to Taiwan (2021/06/10)
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    Two US senators push for faster vaccine delivery to Taiwan (2021/06/10)

    U.S. senators Mitt Romney and Edward Markey have issued a statement, asking Washington to speed up the shipment of COVID vaccines to Taiwan. The U.S. has pledged to donate 750,000 vaccine doses to Taiwan, although a delivery timetable hasn't been laid out. Besides pushing for faster delivery, Senator Romney also asked the Biden administration to supply more doses.

    During a visit to Taiwan last Sunday, three U.S. senators confirmed that the U.S. plans to donate 750,000 COVID vaccine doses to Taiwan. On Tuesday, Republican Senator Romney called on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to offer more vaccines to Taiwan.

    Mitt Romney
    US senator
    According to the ambassador from Taiwan, she indicated that she … can we make the number large enough. I understand it was announced at 750,000 doses. They need something much closer to 2 million.

    Antony Blinken (June 8)
    US secretary of state
    Yes, we're making sure that vaccines do get to Taiwan. And just to be clear about what we're doing and how we're doing it.

    On Wednesday Romney and Markey released a joint statement, calling on the Biden administration to speed up its delivery of 750,000 vaccine doses to Taiwan. They also said the U.S. government should be ready to field requests for more from Taiwan, and to allot doses for use by Taiwan's military. The language suggests that Taiwan requested doses specifically for military personnel, according to a DPP lawmaker.

    Wang Ting-yu
    DPP lawmaker
    Taiwan's government appears to have asked the U.S. to first send vaccines for military use. If this happens, the U.S. would be helping to ensure the safety of our troops. But it would also be conveying a deeper message. If the U.S. handles the vaccine issue in such a way, it would be treating Taiwan's military the way it's treated South Korea, where it's stationed its own troops. As for what that means for our bilateral relationship, it goes without saying.

    Last Sunday a U.S. military cargo plane made history when it touched down at the Taipei Songshan Airport. In the future, if it sends in vaccines for use by Taiwan's troops, it would be seen making a great step forward in U.S.-Taiwan military partnership. As China moves to expand its influence through vaccine diplomacy, the U.S. is bolstering its democratic partnerships to curb the Chinese threat.

    Kurt Campbell
    White House Asia coordinator
    What they most fear about us is not our military, not even our economy. What they most fear about us is our network of allies, because they don't really have them.

    Antony Blinken
    US secretary of state
    I think we've had about 18 billion dollars in - for our military sales since 2017. One of the things that I think we should focus on is helping Taiwan strengthen … reserve force reform. I'd certainly be interested in … see if there is more we can do and more effectively consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act and our commitment to make sure that Taiwan has the means to defend itself.

    Blinken stressed that the U.S. would continue selling defensive arms to Taiwan. He also added that Taiwan must reform its reserve force to be able to effectively join the U.S. in keeping China in check.

    中文 Chinese  
    美參議員羅姆尼籲拜登 分配更多疫苗給台灣軍隊

    美國已經宣布捐贈75萬劑疫苗給台灣,但共和黨議員羅姆尼,在聽證會上向國務卿布林肯提出,再給台灣200萬劑疫苗的需求,羅姆尼還發聲明,呼籲拜登政府,能滿足來自台北的額外需求,分配疫苗給台灣軍隊使用。
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    在三位美國參議員訪台宣布捐贈75萬劑疫苗後,共和黨議員羅姆尼,向美國國務卿布林肯請命,提出給台灣更多疫苗。

    [[美參議員 羅姆尼(6.8)]]
    根據台灣大使的說法指出,我們是否能夠增加疫苗數量,我們現在宣布的是75萬劑,他們需要的是接近2百萬。

    [[國務卿 布林肯(6.8)]]
    “是的我們正努力確保疫苗能送達台灣,像是如何送達及分配。”

    羅姆尼和另一位參議員馬基,共同發聲明,呼籲拜登政府,加速提供承諾台灣的75萬劑疫苗,甚至提到,希望能滿足來自台北的額外需求,分配疫苗劑量供台灣軍隊施打。言下之意,直指台灣向美方提出軍隊需要疫苗的訴求,民進黨立委王定宇,間接證實這項消息.

    [[立委(民) 王定宇]]
    “我們台灣政府似乎有向美方提出,國軍部分的疫苗美國可以優先提供。如果這事情成真,除了我們國軍弟兄的防疫安全更加確保以外,他有比這更大的意義,如果比照這樣辦理的話,也就是美國政府對台灣軍隊的待遇,是比照類似駐軍韓國處理,那雙方的關係就不言可喻。”

    運輸機降落松山機場,已經創下首例,未來如果再供輸疫苗給我國軍隊,無疑對外宣告,美台軍事合作,躍升到同盟國位階。畢竟中國透過疫苗外交蠢蠢欲動,美國必須強化和其他民主國家合作,共同抵抗中國威脅。

    [[美國白宮國安會印太事務協調官 坎貝爾]]
    “(中國)現在最害怕的,不是我們的軍事,甚至也不是我們的經濟,而是我們的民主盟邦,因為他們沒有(盟友)。”

    [[美國國務卿 布林肯]]
    “我想我們從2017年開始,對台軍售約有800億,我想其中我們應該著重在協助台灣的後備軍事改革。我也在思考是否能做得更多,關於持續落實台灣關係法,還有我們對台承諾,提升台灣自身防禦能力。”

    布林肯強調,美國會持續對台軍售,台灣必須強化自身防禦能力和軍事改革,才能有效和美國共同對抗中國的蠻橫威脅。
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