US Congress approves arms deal with Taiwan

The United States signed a $100 million arms deal with Taiwan. Includes sale of equipment and services to improve the missile defense system. China describes the agreement as a serious undermining of national security. The country considers Taiwan a breakaway province. According to a Chinese government spokesperson, China will “take strict measures to defend its security interests.”

US-made Taiwanese missiles in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.AP Photo / Wally Santana

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According to the US Department of Defense, modernizing the defense system improves Taiwan’s security and contributes to “political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region.” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased: “While we are facing ongoing military expansion and Chinese provocations, this allows our country to maintain national security with a strong defense,” the ministry said.

The Taiwanese military has always relied heavily on American arms supplies. Since the presidency of Donald Trump, the number of births has increased again. For example, in 2020 alone, the US government announced deals worth more than $5 billion. Last summer, President Joe Biden announced a new $750 million deal. This rendition dates back to the Trump era.

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Taiwan is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the region as China plays a more assertive role. China’s ambassador to Washington said in January that the two superpowers could get involved in a military conflict if Washington encouraged Taiwan independence.

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