Rubio Introduces Bill to Strengthen Indo-Pacific Bases Protecting Taiwan

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday introduced a bill called the Deterring Chinese Preemptive Strikes Act that would “direct the U.S. Department of Defense to harden U.S. facilities in the Indo-Pacific to help further deter a preemptive strike against U.S. forces and assets in the region by China ahead of an invasion of Taiwan.”

Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, speaks during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 21, 2021. (Photo by Graeme Jennings / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GRAEME JENNINGS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Taiwan Launches Female Reservist Training Program

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday inspected Taiwan’s first training program for female military reservists. Tsai praised the volunteers for their efforts and said the program would send a message that Taiwan is ready to face any threat.

Members of Taiwan's military reserve force march during a training exercise in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. Taiwan has found itself under increasing pressure from Beijing, which views the self-governing island as part of its territory. Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China Says It Has ‘No Time’ to Deal with Antony Blinken

China’s state-run Global Times propaganda newspaper published an editorial on Wednesday dismissing calls by American Secretary of State Antony Blinken for Beijing to return to communications with Washington, stating the Communist Party has “no time” for “insincere people” like Blinken.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the Summit for Democracy on March 30, 2023 in Washington, DC. The theme for the final day of the summit encompassed "Advancing Technology for Democracy" and included speakers from the Department of Homeland Affairs and and representatives from intelligence agencies (Photo by …