The US government and Congress are concerned that military aid to Ukraine is delaying the supply of arms to Taiwan, writes The Wall Street Journal with reference to sources.
The interlocutors of the newspaper noted that the volume of unfulfilled arms supplies to the island has increased to almost 19 billion dollars. Last December, this indicator was estimated at 14 billion.
Taiwan has still not received more than 200 Javelin anti-aircraft missile systems and 215 Stinger missiles, although the order was made back in 2015, The Wall Street Journal notes.
In turn, the U.S.-China Congressional Economic and Security Review Commission indicated in its report that the shipment of existing stockpiles of weapons and ammunition to Kyiv and problems with supply chains related to the pandemic exacerbated the backlog in the supply of weapons already approved for sale to Taiwan. This is said to have undermined the island's combat capability amid reports of a possible armed invasion by the Chinese military.
The US Department of Defense said it was working to provide weapons to both Taiwan and Ukraine. Earlier, the Pentagon said that the supply of weapons to Kyiv is not a reason to delay the sale to Taiwan. The island placed an order for new weapons. Ukraine receives weapons from stocks in the arsenal of the United States, the newspaper clarifies.
U.S. defense officials say supply chain problems caused by the pandemic have halted production of many systems and that they were scrambling to fulfill orders even before the start of Russia's armed invasion of Ukraine.
Beijing considers Taiwan to be its rebellious province and declares that it is against any options for the reunification of China.
China criticizes Washington for direct contacts with the island. The aggravation of relations between the two countries took place in August, after the visit to Taiwan of the then speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
The administration of US President Joe Biden provided Kyiv with military aid in the amount of more than 20 billion dollars, another 10 billion was allocated for humanitarian assistance and about 13 billion for economic recovery. In addition, Biden called on Congress to allocate another 37.7 billion dollars for additional funding for Ukraine.
In the US House of Representatives, Republican legislators from among those who have expressed criticism of providing assistance to Ukraine in the war with Russia have prepared a resolution to review the funds allocated by the Congress to Kyiv.