Based on this podcast(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOGySArXjeo). It’s long and a bit rambling, however, so I’ll give you guys the Cliff’s Notes version. The US for the last several administrations has limited arms sales, especially of higher tech weapons and systems to Taiwan, basically to appease the Chinese and specifically the CCP which is, obviously, opposed to them. There has been some indications that the Trump administration might be changing that policy to allow Taiwan to buy more high tech US weapons. Hard to say since one never knows with Trump…can he even focus his attention long enough for something like this? The Chinese have already protested this move, however.
The bulk of the podcast goes into why it’s important. The gist is that China has had and continues to have a policy of eventually bringing Taiwan, which they see as a break away province, back into the fold, by force if necessary. And they have been building up their military specifically to do this task. At the same time, the US has become more distant from Taiwan wrt our obligations, and it’s unclear exactly what, if anything the US will do to prevent China from doing this. One of the things we promised to do is to enable Taiwan to defend itself through the sales of high tech arms…which we haven’t been doing. Another is to directly support them at some vague and unspecified level, which…well, is vague and unspecified so who knows?
So, for debate, should the US support Taiwan, and specifically enable them to purchase high tech weapons systems from the US to defend themselves, or should we appease the CCP and continue to generally hinder such sales? Should the US support Taiwan and make it clear that the US will fight China if they decide to invade, or should we cut Taiwan loose to fend for itself? This is similar to the ‘Is NATO obsolete?’ in that I want to see what 'dopers think the US should or shouldn’t be doing wrt some of our defensive treaties and obligations.