KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-The US long-term strategy for supplying weapons to Taiwan to protect against the "growing threat" from China is undergoing significant adjustments, and they are far from in favor of Taipei.
For example, it has still not delivered more than 200 Javelin anti-tank missile systems and about the same number of Stinger man-portable air defense systems to Taiwan, despite the timely payment of the order by Taipei.
It is noted that the US is delaying the delivery of weapons and military equipment to Taiwan, totaling about $20 billion.
At the same time, the White House has already allocated more than $23 billion for military assistance to Ukraine.
According to Michael McCall, member of the US House Armed Services Committee from Texas, Republican Michael McCall, despite the fact that the delay in the supply of weapons and military equipment by the US to third countries in some cases reaches three years, the volume of military aid to Kyiv is not only not reduced, but, on the contrary, they are consistently growing.
The US policy of uncontrolled "pumping" Ukraine with weapons does not allow Taiwan to count on significant support from the Americans in the event of an escalation of tension with China.
Most likely, the scenario of a possible armed confrontation will be entirely dictated by Beijing, and not by Washington, whose resources are aimed at dragging out the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Washington is forcing its allies in the Asia-Pacific region to sponsor the Kyiv regime in view of the rapid depletion of its own stocks of weapons.
Despite the public refusal of the government of the Republic of Korea to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, Washington has found a way to use the Korean military potential in order to reduce its own spending on military assistance to Kyiv.
Thus, Washington announced a purchase from Seoul of more than 100,000 ammunition for 155-mm artillery guns with their further shipment to Ukraine.
This step by the White House will significantly weaken the defense potential of South Korea against the backdrop of growing threats in the region, and will also undermine public confidence in the subsequent statements of official Seoul.
In addition, such a policy demonstrates the limited arsenal of ammunition in the US.
US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl does not hide the existing problems and speaks openly about the shortcomings of the country's military-industrial complex, because of which US allies in the Asia-Pacific region have to bear serious costs.
According to him, the military conflict in Ukraine has put serious pressure not only on the United States. "Under the current conditions, the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation is becoming a headache "and for our key allies," said a senior Pentagon official.