The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution declaring that the United States would continue to provide Taiwan weapons for its defense.
The resolution, sponsored by prominent lawmakers from both US political parties, mentioned the US Defense Department's recent report on China's military. That report, according to the resolution, concluded that a greatly improved Chinese military "poses an increasing threat to Taiwan and ultimately to the United States military presence in Asia."
China claims Taiwan as its own and has repeatedly threatened to attack should the island formalize its de facto independence.
Washington encourages the sale of defensive weapons to Taiwan, and, in 2002, President George W. Bush pledged to "help Taiwan defend itself if provoked."