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Biden administration approves more than $1.1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan

Administration on Friday formally notified Congress of estimated sales, including up up to 60 anti-ship missiles and up up to 100 air-to-air rockets.

Laura Rosenberger, Senior Director of the White House for China and Taiwan said it was the largest arms sale to Taiwan to date under the Biden administration, and they “were in direct consultations and conversations with Members of Congress and Taiwan on this is defense needs in the light of changing security circumstances”.

“This package was in work for for a while precisely because we expected it to be necessary as the PRC stepped up pressure on Taiwan,” she said. using abbreviation for People’s Republic of China. “This reflects the US government’s assessment of Taiwanese defense needs and the threat posed by the PRC”.

Rosenberger noted that the proposed arms sale package “includes critical asymmetric defensive capabilities that Taiwan prioritizes, including Harpoon missiles for support Taiwan coast defense; AIM-9X missiles for support Taiwanese air defense and support for Taiwan surveillance radar program takes center stage in Taiwan’s C4ISR.”

“As the PRC continues to increase pressure on Taiwan — including through strengthening military air and maritime presence around Taiwan — and engaged in attempts to change the status quo in Taiwan Strait, we provide Taiwan with what he needs to support himself defense capabilities,” she said. in statement to CNN.

A State Department spokesman said the sales were in line with United States’ policy on Taiwan, celebrating a long-standing history of USA provide defensive weapons to the island.

“Fast Provision” of such a weapon, they said, “must for Taiwan’s security, and we will continue work with industry to support what goal.”

“Consistent with Taiwan Relations Act, United States available to Taiwan defense articles and services necessary to enable him to maintain sufficient self-defense capability,” the spokesman said, noting that “these proposed sales are normal cases for support Taiwan’s ongoing efforts to modernize its armed forces and maintain a reliable defensive ability”.

“For four decades the United States one China policy guided by the Taiwan Relations Law, three joint communiqués and six assurances,” they continued. — We call on Beijing to stop military diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead attract in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan.”

“The United States will continue support peaceful solution of problems across the strait, successive with wishes and best interests of in people on Taiwan,” the spokesman said.

Tensions between China and the United States have risen sharply since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. in beginning of August.
Earlier this week, two US Navy warships entered the Taiwan Strait. in what was first US naval transit in waterway after US-China tensions soar over Pelosi visit.

This story was updated with additional information Thursday.

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