New weapons the US is selling Taiwan can reach mainland China, but they're 'just a deterrent'
Added 10-23-20 03:14:03pm EST - “The package includes the first meaningful offensive systems sold to Taiwan since US switched its diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979.” - Businessinsider.com
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The offensive weapons that the United States has offered to Taiwan are capable of hitting mainland Chinese coastal areas, in the first such sales in more than four decades, to help arm the self-ruled island for any counterattack required against Beijing.
Military experts said the latest US arms sales were intended to enable Taipei to counter the increasingly modernised firepower of Beijing, which considers Taiwan its territory and has vowed to take the island under its control by force if needed.
The latest batch of proposed arms sales — the eighth to be approved during Donald Trump's presidency — was welcomed by Taipei on Thursday in the face of growing military intimidation from Beijing, which responded by criticising the US for selling arms to Taiwan.
A rocket leaves the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a test at Yakima Training Center in Washington state, April 28, 2020. US Army/Spc. Adam L. Mathis
The US$1.8 billion package includes 135 AGM-84H cruise missiles with a striking range of more than 270km (168 miles) and 11 truck-based rocket launchers along with 64 tactical missiles that can hit targets 300km (186 miles) away.
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