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Now Liz Truss says Britain should send weapons to help TAIWAN amid fears of an invasion by China

Now Liz Truss Says Britain Should Send Weapons To Help TAIWAN Amid Fears Of Invasion From China

  • Foreign Minister made comments yesterday in the selection committee of the House of Commons
  • UK has no defense or diplomatic ties with Taiwan, fears Chinese invasion
  • She said we should have armed Ukraine ‘earlier’, with a lesson for Taiwan
  • British Chief of General Staff said we cannot ignore ‘China’s rise and…challenge’
  • But General Sir Patrick Saunders stopped advocating for Taiwan’s arming

Liz Truss has suggested that the UK should provide military aid to Taiwan.

The Foreign Secretary made the surprising remarks when he testified before a House of Commons committee yesterday.

Britain currently has no defense or diplomatic ties with Taiwan, which it fears could be invaded by China, with Beijing becoming increasingly hostile to Taipei.

Officially, the British stance has been to seek a ‘peaceful solution’ between the countries. If carried out, Miss Truss’ plan would likely infuriate the Chinese and leave Britain with even less military equipment.

“We should have done things sooner, we should have delivered defensive weapons to Ukraine sooner.  We need to learn that lesson for Taiwan,

“We should have done things sooner, we should have delivered defensive weapons to Ukraine sooner. We need to learn that lesson for Taiwan,” Foreign Minister Liz Truss told the select committee yesterday

Miss Truss, who appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday, said: “There is always a tendency, and we have seen this before the war in Ukraine, of wishful thinking, of hoping that no more bad things will happen and of waiting until then. too late.

“We should have done things sooner, we should have delivered defensive weapons to Ukraine sooner. We need to learn that lesson for Taiwan. Every piece of equipment we’ve sent takes months of training, so the sooner we do it, the better.”

China has more warships than the US and more than 2,000 warplanes. So it was unclear last night how the UK could change the military balance of power.

A parliamentary report published earlier this year shows that the Royal Navy cannot deliver on all of the government’s existing ambitions – before considering handing over expensive equipment to the Taiwanese. The Royal Navy has increased its presence in the South China Sea in recent years, with ships conducting freedom patrols to deter the Chinese.

Speaking to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) defense conference yesterday, Britain’s Chief of General Staff, General Sir Patrick Saunders, said Britain “cannot ignore China’s exponential rise and chronic challenge”. But he stopped advocating arming Taiwan.

A parliamentary report published earlier this year shows that the Royal Navy cannot deliver on all of the government's existing ambitions - before considering handing over expensive equipment to the Taiwanese.  Pictured: Taiwan's capital Taipei at dusk

A parliamentary report published earlier this year shows that the Royal Navy cannot deliver on all of the government’s existing ambitions – before considering handing over expensive equipment to the Taiwanese. Pictured: Taiwan’s capital Taipei at dusk

Sir Patrick’s focus was on Russia and Vladimir Putin’s imminent threat to mainland Europe, especially the Baltic states.

He said Russia could be more dangerous after the Ukrainian conflict than before and he wants thousands of additional troops placed on high alert and sent to defend Eastern Europe.

He added: “It is worth remembering that historically Russia often starts wars badly. Its resilience means it can endure any number of campaigns, battles, and battles, recover, and still be victorious in the end.

“While Russia’s conventional capacity will dwindle — for a time, at least — Putin’s resolve to restore the lands of ‘historic Russia’ makes any delay temporary. The threat will become more acute. In most scenarios, Russia will pose an even greater threat to European security after Ukraine than before. And if you want to avoid conflict, you better be prepared to fight.’

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