US: ‘Green’ for arms sales to Taiwan

US: ‘Green’ for arms sales to Taiwan
US: ‘Green’ for arms sales to Taiwan

The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan military equipment of value 1.1 billion dollars, inclusive 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles.

The announcement came in the wake of Chinese military exercises around Taiwan following a visit by the speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to the island last month – the highest-ranking US official to travel to Taipei in recent years.

The package includes 100 Sidewinder missiles to intercept enemy missiles and drones (worth $85.6 million), 60 Harpoon missiles anti-ship warships ($355 million) and support for Taiwan’s radar system ($665 million), the US State Department said in a statement.

Upon approval by State Departmentthe arms sale must receive congressional approval, which is considered a near certainty.

“We call on Beijing to cease military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taipei and instead engage in dialogue” with it, a State Department spokesman said, adding that “the United States continues to support a peaceful resolution of the issue, consistent with wishes and in the interests of the people of Taiwan.”

China considers Taiwan part of its territory, while Taipei maintains that Beijing never ruled the island and has no right to claim it.

China threatens countermeasures

The Chinese government today threatened the US with “retaliation” if it goes ahead with a new arms sale to Taiwan, which the State Department approved on Friday.

“China will take it decisively the legal and necessary countermeasures“, warned the representative of the Chinese embassy in Washington Liu Pengyu.

The US State Department gave the “green light” to the possible sale of $1.1 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including 100 Sidewinder missiles to intercept enemy missiles and drones ($85.6 million), 60 Harpoon anti-aircraft missiles warships ($355 million) and support for Taiwan’s radar system ($665 million).

Following approval by the State Department, the arms sale must receive the approval of the US Congress, which is considered almost certain.

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