Hawley Urges Blinken to Prioritize Arms for Taiwan Over Ukraine

Government and Politics

December 7, 2022

Hawley Urges Blinken to Prioritize Arms for Taiwan Over Ukraine

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to prioritize arming Taiwan over delivering weapons to Ukraine. 

"Taiwan is more important for U.S. national interests than Ukraine,” wrote Senator Hawley. “Seizing Taiwan is Beijing’s next step toward dominating the Indo-Pacific region. If Beijing succeeds, it would have dire ramifications for Americans’ national security, as well as our economic security and freedom of action.”

He continued, "Regardless of the weapons’ source, if both Taiwan and Ukraine need them, they should go to Taiwan first [...] Nor does the United States have the luxury of waiting for China to invade Taiwan before we send weapons to the island. It will be exceedingly difficult to deliver weapons to Taiwan after a contingency begins due to Taiwan’s susceptibility to Chinese blockade. Moreover, the whole purpose of sending weapons now is to deter any conflict. Waiting jeopardizes this goal."

A recent Wall Street Journal report found that U.S. arms transfers to Ukraine have exacerbated a growing backlog in weapons sales to Taiwan. That backlog includes weapons ideal for an asymmetric defense of Taiwan, including Javelin antitank weapons and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

Read the entire letter here.