Biden administration approves more than $1.1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan

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On Friday, the administration officially notified Congress of the proposed sales, which include up to 60 anti-ship missiles and up to 100 air-to-air missiles.

A State Department spokesperson said the sales were consistent with US policy toward Taiwan, noting the long history of the United States supplying defensive weapons to the island.

The “rapid supply” of such weapons, they said, “is essential to Taiwan’s security and we will continue to work with industry to support this goal.”

“Pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States is making available to Taiwan such defense articles and services as may be necessary to enable it to maintain an adequate self-defense capability,” the spokesperson said, noting that “These proposed sales are routine cases to support Taiwan’s continued efforts to modernize its armed forces and maintain a credible defensive capability.”

“For four decades, the US one-China policy has been guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the Three Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances,” they continued. “We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan.”

“The United States will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan,” the spokesperson said.

Tensions between China and the United States skyrocketed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August.
Earlier this week, two US Navy warships entered the Taiwan Strait in what was the first US naval transit of the waterway since US-China tensions rose during Pelosi’s visit.
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