share the business the desk: The US State Department has approved the sale of $1.1 billion worth of military equipment to Taiwan. This equipment includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles. News: Reuters.
In response to this move, China has threatened to take countermeasures. Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, warned that the possible sale of these weapons would seriously damage the Sino-US relationship and stability in the Taiwan Strait. He said China will take legal and appropriate countermeasures in response to such a situation.
However, the White House said the arms package for Taiwan had been under consideration for a long time. This package has been decided after discussions with the legislators of the United States and Taiwan. In a statement, the White House’s senior director for China and Taiwan affairs, Lar Rosenberger, said, “As China continues to increase pressure on Taiwan, including increasing tensions with an air and sea presence around Taiwan, and engages in attempts to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, we are providing Taiwan with what it needs to maintain its self-defense capabilities.” .
According to the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the weapons to be sold to Taiwan include Sidewinder missiles, which can be used in air-to-air and ground attacks. Its cost is estimated to be around 8.56 million dollars. In addition, Harpoon anti-ship missiles will cost an estimated $35.5 million and support for Taiwan’s surveillance radar program will cost approximately $6654 million.
The Pentagon said the aid and equipment announced for Taiwan last Friday will not change the basic military balance in the region. There is no change in Taiwan-related policy.
On August 3 last month, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan, ignoring strict warnings from China. After this, the tension around Taiwan started.