According to media reports, the Biden administration plans to seek approval from Congress to sell weapons worth more than a billion USD to Taiwan. Hundreds of missiles will also be included in this deal along with fighter jets and anti-ship systems.
WASHINGTON: According to media reports, the Biden administration plans to get Congress approval for arms sales worth USD 1.1 billion to Taiwan. Hundreds of missiles will also be included in this deal along with fighter jets and anti-ship systems.
Sputnik news agency reported that the deal would include an extension of the contract for 60 anti-ship Harpoon missiles, 100 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and a surveillance radar. China conducted its biggest war exercise around Taiwan since the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this month.
Pelosi was the first highest-ranking US leader to visit the island in 25 years. After his departure, China responded to Taiwan by conducting military exercises for several days near the island.
Amidst all this, Taiwan has proposed a budget of USD 17.3 billion in defense for 2023. Which is 14.9 percent more than the previous budget. Responding to reports about potential US arms sales to Taiwan, the Chinese embassy in Washington said the US should immediately stop selling arms to the island.
In Washington, a Chinese spokesman said the US side needed to immediately stop arms sales and military contact with Taiwan. Because doing so can create tension.
The US must stick to its statement that it does not support “Taiwan independence”. The spokesman also said that US arms sales to Taiwan seriously violate the one-China principle and that Beijing will continue to take firm and strong measures to firmly defend Chinese sovereignty and security interests.
Meanwhile, according to CNN, the US 7th Fleet in Japan said in a statement that on Sunday the guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville are making their voyage through the water.
Where freedom of navigation and overflight in the high seas is enforced in accordance with international law. The 110-mile Strait is a stretch of water that separates Taiwan from China. Beijing claims sovereignty over Taiwan even though China’s ruling Communist Party never controlled the island.