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Taiwan Aid Bill Stirs White House Unease as Senate Hawks Dig In

  • Key committee to discuss Taiwan Policy Act in Washington
  • White House, some lawmakers express concern about provisions
Members of Taiwan's armed forces during a military exercise in Hukou, Taiwan in 2021.

Members of Taiwan's armed forces during a military exercise in Hukou, Taiwan in 2021.

Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg
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US lawmakers will debate a bill Wednesday to boost ties with Taiwan and give it more military hardware to deter a Chinese invasion. In Washington, where politicians often jockey to show who’s toughest on Beijing, the legislation is making the White House queasy.

What: The Taiwan Policy Act would, among other things, give Taipei $4.5 billion for defense over four years, recognize its democratically elected government as the “legitimate representative of the people of Taiwan,” and formally designate the island as a “major non-NATO ally.”