US approves arms sales to Taiwan — RT World News


Radars, anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles are part of the $1.1 billion package currently before Congress

The Biden administration on Friday sent official notifications to the US Congress of its intention to sell radar, anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to Taiwan. The total value of equipment and maintenance contracts is just over $1.1 billion.

This is the fifth – and largest to date – arms package for Taiwan approved by the current US government. Its most expensive component is an SRP surveillance radar system, valued at $665.4 million, followed by 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles worth $355 million and 100 Sidewinder anti-aircraft missiles worth $355 million. value of $85.6 million. The contracts also include related equipment, parts and maintenance.

All three contracts were approved by the Agency for Security and Defense Cooperation in Congress on Friday, as part of the official notification process.

Earlier this week, after some US media published leaked sales details, China warned the United States against such a move. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, said Beijing would respond with “Decisive and firm measures” if the United States continues to sell arms to Taipei.

Taiwan was ruled by Chinese nationalists who left the mainland in 1949, after losing the civil war to communist forces. Beijing considers it part of China, and the United States has recognized this “One China” policy in a number of official acts. In early August, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – a prominent Democrat – visited Taipei, followed by two other congressional delegations. China responded by staging huge sea and air exercises around Taiwan, which the United States countered by passing US Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait.

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