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About "Taiwan Arms Cutoff"
AFF plan cancels US arms aid commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). The first problem with the plan is that the TRA arms aid commitment doesn’t exist. TRA requires the US to sell Taiwan defensive materials and then, in case of war, take whatever action we find appropriate. But if we did have military aid to Taiwan, it would be a good thing and we ought to do more of it. Military aid (if we had it) and arms sales (which we do occasionally do) help Taiwan by giving them better defense against potential Chinese aggression and a stronger negotiating posture when dealing with the mainland.
Arms deals with Taiwan aren’t causing any problems in the Status Quo. And none of the advantages of better relations with China will happen by cutting US arms deals with Taiwan because there are too many other issues blocking US/China relations that AFF can’t solve.
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