The administration is sensitive to China’s opposition to the proposed legislation, introduced by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The White House succeeded in making surgical changes to the bill text when it advanced out of the committee earlier this month.
“It looks like some of the most inflammatory pieces for China, which can be short handed as, the pieces of the bill that suggest or put Taiwan on par with other states, that was kind of the main issue,” said Jacob Stokes, fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.
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