U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Hicks said U.S. support for Ukraine in no way negatively impacts the U.S. ability to provide, fulfill foreign arms sales cases, or otherwise support Taiwan.

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[Central News Agency] US Undersecretary of Defense Hicks today denied military aid to Ukraine, affecting the delivery speed of arms sales to Taiwan.

U.S. Senator Hawley also sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin a few days ago, calling for the priority of arming Taiwan to prevent possible invasion from China.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that since Russia's military invasion of Ukraine in February, the United States has shipped a large number of weapons to Kyiv. The ability of the defense industry to keep up with the sudden demand has been tested, and the end of the war is nowhere in sight.

Congressional and administration officials familiar with the matter said the U.S. military aid to Ukraine now affects the longer-term need for arms to arm Taiwan against Chinese aggression.

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When asked about the report at the Aspen Security Forum today, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said that U.S. support for Ukraine will never be used to provide or fulfill foreign military obligations to the United States. negatively affect the ability to sell cases or otherwise support Taiwan.

She pointed out that the United States has learned many lessons from Ukraine, and Congress also strongly supports the construction of a defense industrial base, which is crucial for the United States to continue to fulfill its commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act and provide arms sales to other allies and partners.

Hicks further explained that the U.S. military aid to Ukraine comes from its own equipment inventory, such as sent from a second-hand car yard, but what it provides to Taiwan is "a brand new car", such as Javelins and Stinger missiles. etc. The supply of weapons through foreign military sales has nothing to do with Ukrainian military aid.

Hicks also pointed out that the U.S. government has always made it clear that Taiwan must put self-defense first and center.

The example from Ukraine shows that the combination of will and ability can delay or even stop aggression. The United States has been telling Taiwan for many years that it needs to establish a non-commissioned officer corps and provide training to support professional troops.

The Ukrainian army has been trained by the West for six years, and the results of the training were displayed when Russia invaded Ukraine.

When asked whether the United States might provide similar training to Taiwan, Hicks did not respond clearly.

She said that Taiwan can train itself and establish cooperative partnerships, and the US will continue to assist Taiwan in enhancing its military capabilities.

Worried that the United States will delay the delivery of arms sales to Taiwan due to military aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin on the 6th.

The letter pointed out that Taiwan is more important to the national interests of the United States than Ukraine.

Seizing Taiwan is the next step in Beijing's control of the Indo-Pacific region. If Beijing succeeds, it will have dire implications for U.S. national and economic security and freedom of movement.

Because Taiwan is vulnerable to a Chinese blockade, it would be extremely difficult to deliver weapons to Taiwan in the event of an emergency.

The purpose of arms deliveries to Taiwan is to deter any conflict, and a delay would jeopardize that goal.