The US State Department approved the possible sale to Taiwan of military equipment worth $1.1 billion, including 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles, a development that sharpens the standoff with Beijing that escalated after Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in early August.
The package includes 100 rockets Sidewinder to intercept enemy missiles and drones ($85.6 million), 60 missiles Harpoon anti-ship warships ($355 million) and support for Taiwan’s radar system ($665 million), the US State Department said in a statement.
Following State Department approval, the arms sale must receive congressional approval, which is considered almost certain.
“We call on Beijing to stop military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taipei and instead start a dialogue” with her, said a representative of the State Department, adding that “the United States continues to support a peaceful resolution of the issue, in accordance with the wishes and in the interests of the Taiwanese people”.
Evolution caused the reaction of the Chinese governmentwhich today threatened the US with “countermeasures” if he goes ahead with the new arms sale to Taiwan.
“China will resolutely take legal and necessary countermeasures”warned the representative of the Chinese embassy in Washington Liu Pengyu.
(Source: APE-MPE, Reuters, AFP)