According to individuals involved with the conversations, the US is evaluating alternatives for a sanctions package against China to dissuade it from invading Taiwan, while the European Union is under diplomatic pressure from Taipei to do the same.
According to the sources, the discussions in Washington and Taipei’s separate lobbying of EU envoys are both in their early stages, as a response to growing worries of a Chinese invasion in the Taiwan Strait.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory and last month fired missiles over the island and sailed warships across their unofficial sea frontier after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei in what Beijing saw as a provocation.
“Big picture,” said Craig Singleton of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, “early sanctions discussions would likely focus upon restricting China’s access to specific technology essential to sustain a military campaign against Taiwan.”
The White House did not respond.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry stated that it has addressed China’s recent war drills as well as the “huge concerns” China posed to Taiwan and the area with the US, Europe, and other like-minded allies, but could not provide specifics.
Requests for comment were not immediately responded to by China’s Foreign Ministry or the Chinese Embassy in Washington.