The potential sale is the third since Joe Biden became president in January 2021 and is likely to upset China.
The US State Department has approved a $95 million sale to Taiwan of equipment, training and other services to support the island’s defenses in the third weapons package since President Joe Biden took office. last year.
The approval includes training, planning, equipping, deploying, operating, maintaining, and maintaining the Patriot Air Defense System and related equipment, the Pentagon said in a statement to the National Guard. festival.
“This proposed purchase serves the national, economic, and security interests of the United States by supporting the recipient’s ongoing efforts to modernize the armed forces and maintain defense capabilities.” reliable player,” it said.
“The proposed sale will help maintain the density of the receiver’s missiles and ensure readiness for air operations. The receiver will use this capability as a means of deterring regional threats and bolstering homeland defenses.”
China claims Taiwan, an autonomous democracy, as its own and has ramped up pressure on the island since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president for the first time in 2016. Beijing has not ruled it out. except for the use of force to gain control of territory. and, in recent years, have conducted aerial missions repeat into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
Taiwan’s presidential office noted it was the third arms sale announced since President Joe Biden took office and indicated their relationship was “solid”.
Spokesperson Xavier Chang said, “Taiwan will continue to demonstrate its determination to defend itself and continue to deepen its cooperative partnership with the United States and other like-minded countries.
Although the United States has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it is bound by law to provide the island with the means to defend itself and is Taiwan’s main source of weapons.
With the sale, the United States is honoring its commitment to support Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act and the “Six Guarantees,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said in a statement expressing “sincere gratitude” for the sale. this agreement.
Approval does not mean a contract has been signed or negotiations have ended.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said it hoped the deal would “go into effect” within the month.
The Biden administration has announced its first weapons package – worth $750 million and involving Grenade artillery system – in August 2021, and the second – value $100 million and even the Patriot system – in February.