Thursday, June 29, 2017

US approves $1.4 billion in weapons sales to Taiwan

The US State Department has approved weapons sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, a move which is certainly going to anger China which considers the self-governing island part of mainland China.

According to a State Department official, the arms sales to Taiwan contains seven items, including Early Warning Radar Surveillance systems, the Joint Stand-off Weapon, anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and components for SM-2 missiles.
After winning the November 8 presidential election, Trump stirred tensions when he talked over the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, an unprecedented move that angered Beijing. The conversation between Trump and Tsai was a first by a US president or president-elect since Washington cut ties with Taiwan in 1979.