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U.S. to confirm sale of two frigates to Taiwan in December: DPP

U.S. to confirm sale of two frigates to Taiwan in December: DPP

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) A senior Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official said Monday that the White House will inform the Congress early next month of its decision to sell two Perry-class frigates and other military items to Taiwan. "We (the DPP) will express our gratitude (following the White House move)," said Joseph Wu (???), the party's secretary-general, citing "reliable sources of information." He said that according to the terms of the arms sales, the two frigates will still be "hot," meaning that the vessels have not been mothballed and Taiwan will not have to pay for initiating the re-use of warehoused vessels. President Barack Obama authorized the sale of four used frigates and other military hardware to Taiwan late last year, but has yet to notify the Congress of the sale, delaying the signing of a contract covering the deal. As soon as the Congress approves the White House decision, the DPP will not use any reason to say no but would rather say "thank you," Wu said. An arms sale to Taiwan is a clear and concrete indication of the U.S. commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act, which affirms Washington's promise to help Taiwan defend itself, according to the senior DPP official who has served as Taiwan's top envoy to the U.S. He said the DPP will send a message to the U.S. regarding the party's "positive attitude" toward purchasing weapons from the U.S. Defense Minister Kao Kuang-chi has told the Legislative Yuan that he hopes to see the deal finalized by the end of this year so his staff can set off for the U.S. next year to take the delivery of the two ships. "Our Navy staff is ready to get them. The two ships are in good condition," Kao said. Meanwhile, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they had no "further information" about the deal and did not know from whom Wu had obtained the information about the notification of the sale. (By Lu Hsin-hui, Tai Ya-chen and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-26 15:26 GMT+08:00