$1.8 billion weapons sale to Taiwan advances after Trump administration notifies Congress
Added 10-22-20 11:35:02am EST - “The Trump administration this week formally notified Congress of an intended $1.8 billion weapons sale to Taiwan amid soaring tensions with China.” - Washingtontimes.com
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The Trump administration this week formally notified Congress of an intended $1.8 billion weapons sale to Taiwan amid soaring tensions with China.
The notice, announced Wednesday, detailed the weapons package approved by the State Department and includes 135 Boeing-made air-to-ground missiles, also known as Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missiles, and related maintenance products valued at more than $1 billion; 11 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) M142 Launchers worth roughly $436 million; and six MS-110 Recce Pods valued at $367.2 million.
“This proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability,” the announcement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. The agency said the massive sale is intended to help Taiwan “meet current and future threats as it provides all-weather, day and night, precision attack capabilities against both moving and stationary targets.”
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The decision to sell advanced weapons to Taiwan marks a particularly provocative advance in the eyes of China, which is expected to be angered by the purchase.
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