Appearing on FNC’s “The Story,” Senator Tom Cotton said that “China is a bigger threat than Russia to the United States. Taiwan is much more important to the United States than is Ukraine” and that, because of that relative threat and importance, we should start shipping weapons and other forms of support to Taiwan in at least the quantities those things are being sent to Ukraine. In his words:
“I think that both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin want to overturn the United States as the global superpower. And they don’t have to openly coordinate or talk about these actions. But they can observe what’s happening.
Xi Jinping sees that Vladimir Putin has massed over 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine, in no small part because of Joe Biden’s past year of appeasement and conciliation and weakness towards Ukraine.
What we should be doing now is learning the lesson from that. Because China is a bigger threat than Russia to the United States. Taiwan is much more important to the United States than is Ukraine.
So, we should be providing today, as many or more weapons to Taiwan as we’re rushing to Ukraine. We should be providing as much or more diplomatic and financial and political support to Taiwan as we’re providing to Ukraine precisely so we can avoid the kind of crisis with Taiwan that we see playing out today on the borders of Ukraine.”
Cotton isn’t the only mainstream figure in the US, or even the NATO alliance, to question raising tensions with Russia when the China threat looms.
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Before being forced to step down, for example, Germany’s naval chief said that what Putin wants is “high-level respect” and that it is “easy” to give him that respect as a way of rapprochement as countries need Russia as an ally against China.
Similarly, Tucker Carlson said:
When permanent Washington pushes for war with Russia, who benefits? We don’t ask that question enough. The United States certainly doesn’t benefit. That’s obvious to anyone who thinks about it for a second.
[…]China benefits, period. The Chinese government is the only certain winner here. We can give you many examples to illustrate this, but consider the latest economic sanctions the White House has proposed against Russia.
Nor is this the first time that Senator Cotton has spoken out in support of Taiwan. Back in December, he said:
It projects pathetic weakness when Joe Biden convenes a Summit for Democracy, and then he has a member of Taiwan’s cabinet speaking to other democracies – and they cut the feed simply because it shows Taiwan and China in different colors on the map. I don’t believe for a minute that it was merely a technical issue. I believe that this is an example of the president and the administration kowtowing to Beijing.What we need to do is stand alongside Taiwan, help secure its autonomy and maintain the status quo across the Strait. That’s been the policy of the United States now for 40 years. But Beijing is the one that is now threatening Taiwan, threatening to change that status quo by force, not by negotiation.
Cotton, Tucker, and the German vice-admiral are correct on all their counts. China is the real threat, not Russia. It’s high time we started acting like it.