U.S. House Committee chair urges speedy arms deliveries to Taiwan

Mike Gallagher. Picture source: House.govt

21st May 2023 – (Washington) Mike Gallagher, the chair of the United States House Select Committee on China, has called for Taiwan to be prioritised in the delivery of arms by Washington, according to reports on May 20. Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, was leading a bipartisan delegation to the United Kingdom to discuss issues related to China. He had previously visited Taiwan in February. Gallagher emphasised the importance of delivering both the weapons systems already ordered by Taiwan and the arms it required for its own defence. He cited the example of Harpoon anti-ship missiles, which were scheduled to arrive in Taiwan only in 2027 if current schedules were followed.

Gallagher made his comments at a news conference in London after a one-hour meeting with British Members of Parliament on 19th May. His delegation also had lunch with British Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace on the same day. Gallagher urged the U.S., the U.K., and their allies to work together to address the challenges posed by China. He also highlighted the threat of Chinese infiltration, including the use of Confucius Institutes to conduct propaganda and intimidate Chinese students overseas.