The US wants to supply Taiwan with weapons and military services worth more than a billion dollars

The US wants to supply Taiwan with weapons and military services worth more than a billion dollars
The US wants to supply Taiwan with weapons and military services worth more than a billion dollars

The largest item in the package is logistics services for the island’s radar system, which is critical to Taiwan’s defense. The US Department of Defense also wants to supply Taiwan with 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 100 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.

However, according to the State Department, the supplies are important to maintain the island’s “adequate self-defense capability.” According to diplomacy, the sale does not conflict with US foreign policy. Washington recognizes Beijing and has no official relations with Taiwan, but at the same time it participates in maintaining the defense capability of the island, which mainland China considers a renegade province. Reuters reported that the arms supply is intended to maintain, but not strengthen, the military capabilities of Taiwan’s military. The Pentagon said the new deliveries would not change the military balance of power in the area.

China urged Washington not to go ahead with the sale. Otherwise, Beijing will implement “legitimate and necessary countermeasures,” the Chinese embassy in Beijing said.

Congress will still discuss the transaction. According to the agencies, however, this is more or less a formality, since Taiwan has the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

In August, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and other prominent US politicians visited Taiwan. Beijing responded to this with large-scale military exercises near Taiwan. In recent weeks, the island has seen hundreds of violations of its air defense zone by Chinese aircraft, and on Thursday Taiwanese authorities said the military had shot down an unidentified drone that had entered Taiwanese airspace.


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