Failure to again Ukraine would ship sign to China about taking Taiwan -US senator By Reuters


© Reuters. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks throughout an interview with media, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine Might 26, 2023. REUTERS/Alina Smutko


By Sergiy Voloshin

KYIV (Reuters) – If the US fails to again Ukraine sufficient within the conflict in opposition to Russia, that may ship a sign to China that it might take Taiwan, a senior Senator stated on a go to to Kyiv on Friday.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican, stated after assembly President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that U.S. President Joe Biden ought to ship extra weapons to Ukraine along with the greater than $35 billion of weaponry and army {hardware} already supplied.

A tough line towards China is among the few insurance policies with bipartisan help within the deeply divided U.S. Congress.

Beijing considers Taiwan a part of its territory. Chinese language armed forces carried out workouts, fired missiles over Taiwan and lower army contacts with Washington after former Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the self-governed island in August 2022.

“There could be no backing off of serving to Ukraine as a result of if we fail right here, there goes Taiwan,” Graham advised reporters.

“For those who’re working for President, as a Republican or Democrat, I do not know how one can make the argument that we’re stronger in opposition to China if we pull the plug on Ukraine – that makes zero sense. What I would like the Chinese language to see is that invading a neighbor is just not as simple because it seems to be.”

He continued: “One of the simplest ways to guard Taiwan and world order is for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to lose.”

To ensure that a long-anticipated Ukraine counteroffensive to succeed, its forces want extra and higher armaments, akin to U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets and longer-range weapons, Graham stated.

“There are weapons that matter and we have been too gradual getting weapons that matter to the Ukrainian army … my message to the Biden administration is, I recognize what you’ve got accomplished. It’s worthwhile to do extra,” stated Graham.

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