The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 on the 8th, which includes authorizing US$10 billion in military aid to Taiwan over five years and seeking to accelerate arms sales to Taiwan.

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[Compile Zhang Peiyuan/Comprehensive Report] The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2023 fiscal year "National Defense Authorization Act" (NDAA) on the 8th, which includes authorizing US$10 billion in military aid to Taiwan over five years and seeking to accelerate arms sales to Taiwan. The Beijing authorities Immediately, he condemned and opposed the US's use of the NDAA to entrain and pass negative content related to China, and asked Washington to abide by the one-China principle and the three US-China communiqués.

350: 80 agreeing votes well above the threshold

The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 350 to 80, far exceeding the two-thirds, or 290, votes required to pass the bill.

The bill goes to the Senate next week for a vote before it goes to President Joe Biden to sign into law.

The content of the NDAA passed by the House of Representatives includes authorizing military spending of 858 billion U.S. dollars, and military pay increases.

Six percent is for the procurement of weapons, funds for aircraft and ships, and support for Taiwan, which is facing the threat of Chinese aggression, and Ukraine, which is fighting Russian aggression.

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The bill mentions authorizing assistance to Taiwan of up to US$2 billion per year from 2023 to 2027, authorizing the President of the United States to establish a "regional emergency reserve pool" for Taiwan, and providing Taiwan with an annual value of up to US$1 billion from the US military reserve. U.S. dollars for defense items, or other services such as military training, as well as requiring the secretaries of state and defense to "prioritize and expedite" arms sales requests from Taiwan under the U.S. foreign military sales program.

Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement before the vote in the House of Representatives, pointing out that the NDAA will greatly strengthen the defense partnership between the United States and Taiwan.

US: Ensuring that China invades Taiwan will pay a high price

On the same day, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs Ritner expressed disapproval of China's attack on Taiwan in 2027 at an event at a Washington think tank to discuss China's military power. "Our answer is no," adding that the U.S. It will actively improve its own capabilities, update its military deployment, strengthen regional deterrence, and make China pay a high price for its invasion of Taiwan.

Chase, the Deputy Assistant Minister for China Affairs who was present at the same time, also said that the Taiwan-related provisions of the NDAA sent a clear signal to the Beijing authorities, that is, the more intimidated and intimidated China is, the more eager people from all walks of life are to help Taiwan as much as possible.