US approves $1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan

The United States is aiming to bolster Taiwan’s defenses with more than $1 billion in new weapons and military logistics amid rising tensions with China after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

The ongoing sale of as many as 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 100 Sidewinder missiles for fighter jets was approved by the State Department and shared with Congress on Friday, the department said. The United States has also approved $665 million in logistics support contracts for Taiwan’s surveillance radar, a State Department spokesperson said. The package is expected to be the biggest military sale in Taiwan under the Biden administration.


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