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US sells 1.1 billion military equipment to Taiwan – Fury in Beijing

US sells 1.1 billion military equipment to Taiwan – Fury in Beijing
US sells 1.1 billion military equipment to Taiwan – Fury in Beijing

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

The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of $1.1 billion worth of military equipment, including 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 rockets Sidewinder to intercept enemy aircraft 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 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 matter, in accordance with the 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.

Beijing’s reaction

The Chinese government today threatened the US with “retaliation” if it proceeds with a new arms sale to Taiwan. “China will resolutely take legal and necessary countermeasures,” warned Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington.


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