Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Oct. 10 that in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, the U.S. military would be able to repel China as long as the United States made the appropriate political decisions under the Taiwan Relations Act.
CNN and other U.S. media reported that the Taiwan issue was hotly debated at the Senate Armed Services Committee’s 10th hearing. Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, asked Army General Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whether the U.S. military would be able to defend Taiwan if the People’s Liberation Army launched an invasion of Taiwan and took control of the island and Taiwan was unable to resist alone.
Milley replied that it would be an extremely complex and difficult operation for the Communist forces to send a large army across the Taiwan Strait to seize Taiwan, and that even if they were faced with a nonresistant army, the operation would still be very difficult. decisions, we will have the ability to defend Taiwan.”
CNN explained that while the Taiwan Relations Act does not indicate that U.S. forces will be deployed to resist a Chinese attack on Taiwan, it directs that the U.S. government should maintain the ability to resist any resort to force or the use of other high-handed means that endanger the security of the Taiwanese people and their socioeconomic system, and should also provide defensive weapons to the Taiwanese people.