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First at CNN: Republicans push for legislation requiring the Biden administration to detail the status of major arms sales to Taiwan

(CNN)Republicans say the Byden administration to CongressSelling major weapons to TaiwanThis effort is being undertaken as there is a growing sense of urgency to provide Taiwan with the weapons needed to fend off potential Chinese invasions.

A bill submitted by California Rep. Young Kim and Texas Rep. Michael McCall on Friday seeks to help parliamentary members understand the current environment, especially the demand for weapons in Ukraine. Increased pressure on the US supply chain when you are-a means of adelivery timeline for weapons to Taiwan.

In total, the sale of weapons to Taiwan, where Congress is seeking the latest information, amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. An aide to the parliament explained that he wanted to "pull back the curtain" on what caused US weapons to delay their arrival in Taiwan, and to come up with a solution to speed up delivery.

Republicans are also complaining about the lack of answers the administration has provided to them when asked about certain delivery conditions, a parliamentary aide said.

"The Arms Export and Delivery Solutions Act is as efficient as possible, tracking defense equipment already purchased from the United States by Taiwan and other allies in the region as the Communist Party of China turns to further attacks. Everything I can do to ensure that the United States remains a leader on the world stage. "

McCall raised clear concerns as China intensified its attacks on the region, especially Taiwan.

"Delayed delivery of parliamentary sales to Taiwan undermines our ability to thwart attacks from China, which is what makes China a good fight against Taiwan. I'm very worried because it will strengthen it, "McCall said.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has created a new sense of urgency in delivering US weapons to Taiwan and US allies in the region. State ministry officials say the sale of weapons to Taiwan was not affected by the war in Ukraine, but there is growing concern about the pressure the war will put on the US defense industrial park.

"Russia's invasion of Ukraine has caused a major war and is now affecting production, delivery and strategic decisions. Weapons do not grow on trees. The administration talks about this huge thing. I'm sure there is a challenge, we need to see what the real facts are and what the decisions are. "

The new law requires the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to report to Congress by March 2023. Details include details such as: South Korea, Australia and New Zealand have been approved by Congress since October 2017 but have not yet been completed. The department also needs to explain delivery delays and how to speed up transfers. Finally, the report needs to explain what the ministries are doing to support operational capabilities for systems and specific actions to facilitate delivery to Taiwan.

The reason why members are looking for the latest information on selling weapons to multiple partners in the region, not just Taiwan, is important for the US alliance with these countries to shape the US response. Because I think it is. To the potential Chinese invasion into Taiwan.

This week, National Intelligence Director Avril Haines said China's President Xi Jinping "has a clear view of Taiwan's unification as a goal," even if he does not intend to do so. Earlier this year, Haynes said the threat to Taiwan from now to 2030 is "serious."

Parliamentary members recognize that if China invades Taiwan, the United States will not be able to reproduce the way Russia responded to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"In Ukraine, we saw the US government booming and moving at an unusual pace unless it was an emergency, but that may not be the situation in the Taiwanese scenario. Therefore, we need to do the following: If we think about it before the emergency occurs, it will probably be impossible to replenish Taiwan in the event of an intrusion. "

Normally, it will take years to actually complete the sale of weapons to any country, but there is one Stinger sale to Taiwan notified to Congress in 2016, but weapons. Production has not started yet. The first aide said. And just two months ago, Taiwan's Pentagon announced that delivery of Howitzer in the United States would be delayed by a few years and would be postponed until 2026 at the earliest.

"Once the sale of the weapon is approved by Congress, the process is returned to the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the defense company. At that point, the delivery actually took place," he said.

A Republican aide explained his efforts to get his Democratic colleagues to uphold their law, but none of the Democrats signed to co-sponsor the law. Steve Chabot of Ohio and Brian Mast of Florida, members of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the Asia Pacific, Central Asia and Non-Proliferation Rankings, co-sponsored Kim and McCall.