Washington, September 4 (SO News/Agency) The US Department of State approved the sale of arms to Taiwan. These weapons include 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles and radar systems.
Just a month ago, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the sovereign nation, the first visit by a top US official in recent years. After that, China started massive military exercises to show its power. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and world powers fear that it may invade it in the future.
The US announced arms sales to Taipei in response to China’s aggressive military exercises near Taiwan. The US State Department said that this package of weapons will strengthen Taiwan’s defense capabilities. These weapons include 60 anti-ship missiles worth $355 million and 100 air-to-air missiles worth $655 million. While the system supporting the radar system will cost 655 million.
The Pentagon says the weapons sold to Taiwan include Sidewinder missiles, which can be used for air-to-air and ground attacks.
“This package of weapons was essential to Taiwan’s security,” a US State Department spokesman said, adding that the proposed sale was routine to help Taiwan modernize its armed forces and improve its defense capabilities. can help maintain
The arms package is the largest arms package to date from the Biden administration to Taiwan. However, for this it is necessary to get the approval of the Congress.
The Biden administration says that this arms sale agreement is in line with the US’s ‘One China Policy’. He urged Beijing to end its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and to engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan. The US still officially recognizes only China.
Calling Taiwan an ‘inalienable’ part of China, China asked the US to immediately cancel the arms deal. Liu Pingyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, said, “The possible sale of US arms to Taiwan will seriously threaten US-China relations and the stability of the Taiwan Strait.”
A spokesman for the Chinese embassy added that ‘China will strictly take legal and necessary countermeasures in light of the change in the situation.’
The announcement of arms sales to Taiwan comes at a time when tensions between Washington and Beijing have increased. China has stepped up its aggressive military exercises in recent weeks following visits by top US officials to Taiwan.
At least two members of the US Congress and US state governors have also visited Taiwan since Nancy Pelosi’s visit early last month, which China strongly condemned. Beijing said it could take military action against Taiwan if the US tried to provoke it.
Taiwan says the island has never been ruled by China, so it has no right to claim it. Taipei, however, also says that China’s military exercises have raised fears that it may attack Taiwan, but that “Taiwan will defend any attack from China.”