The US State Department has approved a potential $1.1 billion sale of military equipment to Taiwan. According to the report, relations between Beijing and Washington will further deteriorate. The weapons package includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 surface-to-air missiles, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Friday. China has already threatened to take countermeasures in response to this action of the United States. According to Reuters report, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last month. The Pentagon announced a new weapons package for Taipei in the wake of China’s aggressive military exercises around the self-governing island following Pelosi’s visit. Among the weapons to be sold to Taiwan are Sidewinder missiles, which can be used in air-to-air and ground attacks, DSCA said. Its cost is estimated at 85.6 million dollars. In addition, the Harpoon anti-ship missiles included in the weapons package will cost an estimated $35.5 million, and support for Taiwan’s surveillance radar program will cost an estimated $6654 million. Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, warned that the potential arms sale would seriously damage Sino-US relations and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Reuters.