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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

US Approves $1.8B Weapons Sale to Taiwan

The US approving the arms sales to Taiwan that are worth approximately $1.8 billion can potentially increase tensions with China.

The US approving the arms sales to Taiwan that are worth approximately $1.8 billion can potentially increase tensions with China.

According to the Pentagon, the deal comprises of three weapons systems which includes rocket launchers, sensors and artillery.

The weapons that Taiwan received would help it “build credible combat capabilities and strengthen the development of asymmetric warfare,” said Taiwan’s defense ministry. 

China’s Foreign Ministry said that the arms deal would likely have a negative effect on its relationship with the US. 

Beijing disapproved of the meeting, warning the US to not send any wrong signals to the independence of Taiwan to avoid severe damage to China-US relations.

While the US does sell Taiwan arms, and has an implicit security guarantee, it does not have a formal defense treaty with Taiwan as well as with the Philippines and South Korea.

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