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Cotton Urges Trump, Congress for Military Cooperation With Taipei

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:06 AM

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Monday that he takes China’s threat of invading Taiwan "seriously," and he called for Congress and the president to provide the island nation with military assistance.

Last week, Chinese diplomat Li Kexin reportedly said that China will respond with military force if the "U.S. Navy vessel arrives" in Taiwan, according to Reuters.

"I take Beijing's threats to use military force against Taiwan seriously," Cotton, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement Monday. "That's why I urge both the president and Congress to accelerate the sale of defensive weapons to Taiwan, as well as to bring Taiwan into joint military exercises with the United States. We can't afford to take Beijing's saber-rattling lightly."

The Chinese military announced on Tuesday that it has conducted additional "island encirclement patrols" around Taiwan, which Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke described as "routine" and "planned," according to Reuters.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Monday that he takes China's threat of invading Taiwan "seriously," and he called for Congress and the president to provide the island nation with military assistance.
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