US announces possible arms sale to Taiwan, China threatens with countermeasures

US announces possible arms sale to Taiwan, China threatens with countermeasures
US announces possible arms sale to Taiwan, China threatens with countermeasures

The United States announced on Friday that it may sell weapons worth $1.1 billion (more than 1.1 billion euros) to Taiwan. According to the US Department of Defense, these include 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 anti-aircraft missiles. The sale is not yet complete, but China is already demanding that the sale be cancelled.

ltoSource: BELGA

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Part of the package is a $665 million radar system to help Taiwan locate incoming missiles in a timely manner. If the deal goes through, it will be the first time in nearly two years that so many weapons have gone from the US to Taiwan, according to Bloomberg news agency.

While the arms transfers do not offer Taiwan new military capabilities, the US State Department says, they could further increase tensions with Beijing. Since the visit of top American politician Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan last month, China has carried out various military activities around the island state.

Earlier this week, China said it “strongly opposes the sale of US weapons to the Chinese region of Taiwan”. The US Congress has yet to approve the sale of the weapons. But China on Friday threatened “countermeasures” if the United States does not waive new arms sales to Taiwan. A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington said: “China will resolutely take legitimate and necessary countermeasures,” said spokesman Liu Pengyu.

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