Taiwan votes for freedom, we must help her secure it

On Saturday, freedom was powerfully affirmed by the Taiwan’s electorate. In a stunning rebuke to Communist China and the mainland’s efforts to impose its will on the island – as it has tried to do in Hong Kong, voters gave a 20-point margin of victory to their incumbent President, Tsai Ing-wen, and a strong mandate to defend Taiwan’s sovereignty. 

In response, the Chinese Communist Party is insisting that reunification is inevitable, whether the Taiwanese want it or not. The not-so-subtle implication is that force will be used to seize the island. And Beijing is increasingly equipped with ballistic missiles, amphibious ships, sealift and a fleet of some three-thousand passenger aircraft that can enable a no-notice invasion.

Now that Taiwan’s voters have courageously repudiated the PRC, the United States must find new ways of deterring Chinese threats to their freedoms – and ours.

This is Frank Gaffney.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.