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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



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