The US sells over a billion worth of weapons to Taiwan because of the threat from China

The US sells over a billion worth of weapons to Taiwan because of the threat from China
The US sells over a billion worth of weapons to Taiwan because of the threat from China

The US sells arms to Taiwan for $1.16 billion.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense expressed gratitude for the deal with the Biden government for the island democracy’s purchase of air-to-air and air-to-water missiles, DPA reported.

A ministry spokesman confirmed this morning that the Biden government had notified the US Congress in advance of the proposed sale under the Taiwan Relations Act.


The announced potential sale of US arms to Taiwan reflects Washington’s assessment of Taiwan’s defense needs and the threat China poses to the island. the White House said, as quoted by Reuters.

“At a time when China is putting Taiwan under increasing pressure, we are providing Taipei with what it needs to maintain its defense capabilities,” said Laura Rosenberger, senior White House director for China and Taiwan affairs.

The deal includes a $655 million logistics support package for an air defense radar system, 60 AGM-84L Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 100 AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported. agency.

The spokesman expressed gratitude on behalf of the government in Taipei for the sale, which is expected to boost Taiwan’s air and water defense capabilities vis-à-vis China and the military’s early warning capabilities.

On Thursday, Taiwanese forces shot down a suspected Chinese drone flying over a restricted area between the Taipei-controlled Jingmin Island Group and the city of Xiamen on the mainland Chinese coast.

Soldiers on one of the islands of the Jingming Archipelago fired warning flares at several Chinese civilian drones that were spotted in the area yesterday afternoon, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said last night.

China, which considers self-ruled Taiwan a province, has stepped up military pressure by air and water and cyber attacks against the island since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a controversial visit to Taiwan on August 2, DPA noted.


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