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Taiwan has become “frustrated” by Biden’s failure to deliver promised weapons as China ramps up pressure and disinformation on its military, top defense experts have warned

Taiwan’s growing “disappointment” with the United States’ ability to deliver promised weapons is a “serious” problem as China steps up disinformation and military pressure, top defense experts said.

The President and CEO of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, David Trulio, spoke exclusively to DailyMail.com at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, last week.

Trulio recently led a delegation to Taiwan with several defense and foreign affairs experts. He said there were several important takeaways from the trip, but the first was that “democracy is alive and well in Taiwan.”

“All political parties are committed to keeping a strong and vibrant democracy alive,” ahead of the next election in January, he continued.

But Trulio described some “failures” in the ability of the United States to “deliver the weapons they contracted for,” which he said has “serious implications for the defense industrial base.”

Trulio, who works at the Pentagon as a senior advisor and chief of staff to the undersecretary of defense for policy, said the US defense industry base is “under pressure.”

This is because of the current conflicts in Ukraine and Israel, he said.

‘But our inability to supply Taiwan when they actually contract these weapons is a serious problem. “I think that’s something that really needs to be included in the national conversation: the overall health of the U.S. defense industrial base.”

Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Heino Klinck, who also traveled to Taiwan in the delegation, echoed Trulio’s concerns.

“While always gracious and grateful for American support, Taiwanese interlocutors began to express a growing sense of doubt and concern about the ability of the United States to prevent aggression,” said Klinck to DailyMail.com.

He cited the “incessant withdrawal” from Afghanistan, “broken material support” to Ukraine and the failure to provide defense goods to Taiwan on time.

Klinck, who now serves as co-chair of the board of directors of the National Asian Research Bureau, said the Biden administration’s “long list of national security issues” has also “encouraged” China’s misinformation. and disinformation campaigns.

China’s propaganda is “systematically sowing the seeds of doubt about the permanence of the United States in Taiwan and elsewhere,” he explained.

Trulio also discussed the “relentless pressure” the Chinese are putting on Taiwan economically and also through misinformation.

“And it’s very bad, relentless, and that’s something that really needs to be talked about,” he detailed, especially ahead of Taiwan’s upcoming “critical” election in January.

The Chinese are using a “full portfolio” of pressure tactics, including TikTok, but especially economic pressure and military pressure.

He said China is using targeted sanctions or other economic pressure tactics in various parts of Taiwan to influence voters there.

Former US Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for East Asia, Heino Klinck, also traveled to Taiwan as a delegation.

Klinck also mentioned examples of reports that China has “kicked out” American ships in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, further fueling Taiwan’s misgivings about American power.

But Trulio also said there was positive discussion about how Taiwan is on track to increase mandatory military service from four months to one year.

“And I would say that, in general, from a social point of view, there is a greater commitment and seriousness to ensure that Taiwan has not only the tools in terms of hardware, but also the people to ensuring that they are able to defend themselves against any possible Chinese aggression,” he added.

Congressional leaders revealed to DailyMail.com what they believe are the greatest threats facing the United States today during the annual Reagan National Defense Forum.

China’s aggression toward Taiwan tops the list, but other bad actors, including Iran and Russia, are a major concern, as is the open southern border.

And Reagan’s annual National Defense Poll released last week found that 51 percent of Americans think China is the “greatest threat to the United States.”

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