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US weapon sales to Taiwan not include F-16

US weapon sales to Taiwan not include F-16

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Saturday declared a US$6.4 billion weapon sale to Taiwan, which doesn’t include F-16 fighter jet long sought by Taiwan military.
Such move aroused strong protest from Beijing, which has announced a series of moves such as imposing sanctions on the companies selling the arms and threatened to review co-operation on other issues.
"Such sales contribute to maintaining security and stability across the Taiwan Strait," said US State Department spokeswoman Laura Tischler, quoted by news report.
US Senator Lindsay Graham suggested Taiwan should not seek reconciliation under the threat poised by China. He further indicated that “my promises to Taiwan people will not influenced by China’s moves,” quoted by news report.
The proposed arms sale include 114 Patriot missiles, 60 Black Hawk helicopters, communication equipment, 2 Osprey mine-hunting ships and 12 Harpoon missiles, according to DSCA.
The US is the leading arms supplier to Taiwan and has a treaty obligation to provide it with defensive arms.
Taiwan and China have been ruled by separate governments since the end of a civil war in 1949 and ties between the two countries are already strained by rows over trade and internet.
Beijing has hundreds of missiles pointed at the island and has threatened to use force to bring it under its control if Taiwan moved towards formal independence.
Taiwan, meanwhile, welcomed the US move.
"It will let Taiwan feel more confident and secure so we can have more interactions with China," the local Central News Agency quoted President Ma Ying-jeou as saying.
US lawmakers have 30 days to comment on the proposed sale, Associated Press reported. If there are no objections, it would proceed.


Updated : 2021-04-19 15:22 GMT+08:00