NOS News•today, 01:44
The United States has announced that it may sell weapons to Taiwan worth 1.1 billion euros. According to the Ministry of Defense, these include 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 anti-aircraft missiles. The deal isn’t finalized yet, and Congress has yet to decide on it. China reacts furiously to the plan.
If sales go ahead, Bloomberg says it will be the first time in two years that so many US weapons have been delivered to Taiwan. Both Democrats and Republicans are expected to vote for the sale in Congress.
According to the Pentagon, the deliveries will not affect the “military balance” that now exists in the region. A spokesman said that “the proposed sales are part of standard sales to modernize Taiwan’s military.”
The arms transfer could “seriously endanger relations between Washington and Beijing,” warns a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in the US. China says it will take “countermeasures” if the US does not cancel the sale. Earlier, China said it “strongly opposes the sale of American weapons to the Chinese region of Taiwan”.
Tensions between the US and China over Taiwan have been mounting since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island last month. Beijing considers that visit a provocation, because China sees Taiwan as a renegade province.
Any visit by a foreign power to the island is seen by the Chinese government as support for the ‘renegade province’. China has been militarily active around Taiwan several times since Pelosi’s visit. After her visit, the United States visited Taiwan at least twice with several delegations.
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