Four US lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would enable the Pentagon to cooperate with Taiwan in fortifying its cybersecurity against China.
The bill, called the “Taiwan Cybersecurity Resiliency Act,” would authorize the US Department of Defense to conduct cybersecurity exercises with Taiwan and defend the nation’s military networks and infrastructure.
“We must push back on the Chinese Communist Party’s [CCP] growing aggression, and its attempts to undermine democracy around the world — including through hostile cyber actions,” US Senator Jacky Rosen, one of the bill’s four cosponsors, said in a statement.
“All too often, we’ve seen Taiwan used as a testing ground for China’s cyberattacks, later used against the United States,” Rosen said, citing 20 million to 40 million Chinese cyberattacks against Taiwan per month in 2019.
The bill’s three other cosponsors are US Senator Mike Rounds, and US representatives Chrissy Houlahan and Mike Gallagher, who chairs the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the US and the Chinese Communist Party.
“This bill helps arm Taiwan to the teeth in the cyberdomain by strengthening Taiwan’s cyberforces and building an even stronger partnership between our two countries,” Gallagher said, adding that Chinese cyberattacks could have “devastating” effects.
Houlahan, who referred to Taiwan as “a close ally and important strategic partner,” said that the nation’s “critical infrastructure resilience is absolutely imperative to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
However, legislation related to US national security is rarely passed as a standalone bill, defense-focused news Web site Breaking Defense said, adding that the bill would most likely be seriously considered later this year “when lawmakers begin drafting the annual defense policy and spending bills.”
Separately, US Indo-Pacific Command Commander Admiral John Aquilino said that it is Washington’s priority to enhance cybersecurity capabilities in cooperation with US allies in the Indo-Pacific region.
US arms deliveries to Taiwan would not affect Washington’s military support of Ukraine, he said, adding that “the US is the only global force capable of managing multiple threats.”
Meanwhile, a US congressional war game simulating a Chinese invasion of Taiwan showed the need to arm the nation “to the teeth,” Gallagher said.
The exercise showed the US must boost production of long-range missiles and businesses must brace for economic fallout, he said.
The Select Committee conducted the unusual tabletop exercise on Wednesday evening with the Washington-based Center for a New American Security think tank, which showed that resupplying Taiwan would be impossible after a conflict begins.
“We are well within the window of maximum danger for a Chinese Communist Party invasion of Taiwan, and yesterday’s war game stressed the need to take action to deter CCP aggression and arm Taiwan to the teeth before any crisis begins,” Gallagher said in a statement.
The US must clear a US$19 billion weapons backlog to Taiwan, conduct enhanced joint military training and reinforce US troops in the region, he said.
Anxiety about a possible conflict over Taiwan has become a rare bipartisan issue in Washington.
US officials say Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has ordered his military to be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027, but acknowledge that it does not mean China has decided to do so.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the war game.
A person close to the committee outlined for Reuters the war game’s conclusions, which included high US losses if Washington did not shore up basing agreements with regional allies, rapid depletion of long-range missile stockpiles and world markets in “absolute tatters.”
“The business community is not taking the threat of a Taiwan crisis seriously enough,” Gallagher said ahead of the game, adding that such an attitude “verges on dereliction of fiduciary duty.”
Additional reporting by REUTERS
TWO REPORTS: The body called on EU states to support the meaningful participation of Taiwan in international organizations, as well as closer cooperation with the nation The European Parliament has backed deepening ties with Taiwan and voiced concern about heightened tension across the Taiwan Strait in reports on two major security policies, which include a passage denying that Taiwan is subordinate to China. The parliament adopted the annual report on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy in a vote of 338 in favor, 86 against and 122 abstentions during a plenary session from Monday to yesterday. It also passed the annual report on the implementation of the Common Security and Defense Policy in a vote of 350 in favor, 91 against and 96 abstentions. “Neither Taiwan
NEVER FORGET: Feb. 28 is a day to demand justice and redress, and remember the long, hard road Taiwanese walked to democracy, Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-che said President-elect William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said he would work to safeguard the nation’s security and democracy to ensure freedom and economic prosperity, and that the tragic events of the 228 Incident “never happen in Taiwan again.” The Incident refers to the indiscriminate killing of a person in a crowd on Feb. 27, 1947, and the gunning down by the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government of protesters at a resulting demonstration the next day. It was followed by a brutal crackdown. Estimates of the number of eventual deaths vary from 10,000 to more than 30,000. The Incident was closely followed by the White
CRITICAL COMPONENTS: The tail was shielded because ‘enemy forces’ could estimate its speed and acoustic fingerprint by observing the propellers, an analyst said The nation’s first domestically built submarine prototype, the Hai Kun (海鯤號), yesterday was transferred to a dry dock for final harbor acceptance tests. The prototype has been undergoing harbor acceptance tests at the factory of shipbuilder CSBC Corp, Taiwan (台灣國際造船) in Kaohsiung since October last year after an unveiling ceremony in late September. On Monday evening, the prototype was towed from the CSBC factory to nearby Jong Shyn floating dock No. 8 and then transferred to a nearby dry dock, where the final tests were being conducted. As the submarine was being moved out of the factory to the floating dock, a large
NATIONALITY ACT: The draft amendments include a new provision that allows guardians of children who are stateless to apply for nationality on their behalf The Cabinet yesterday approved draft amendments to the Nationality Act (國籍法) to ease residency requirements for some foreign professionals applying for naturalization and to allow social welfare agencies to apply for naturalization on behalf of stateless children who are residents. The proposed amendments were approved by the Cabinet in September last year, but had to be reapproved and resubmitted because of the new legislative term that began on Feb. 1. The Ministry of the Interior said that the draft amendments would help improve the retention of professional talent by cutting the required period of residency for “foreign high-level professionals” (外國高級專業人才) applying for