WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional aides say the Obama administration is planning its first arms sale to Taiwan in four years.
It's a move that will draw stiff criticism from Beijing but is unlikely to derail U.S.-China relations.
One of the aides said the planned $1.8 billion sale would include two decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates, minesweepers, Stinger missiles, and anti-armor and anti-tank missiles.
The administration is seeking to expedite preliminary approval from the House and Senate foreign affairs committees for the proposed package so it can formally notify Congress of the sale this week.
The aides who were briefed on the sale requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment before the formal notification.
The last U.S. arms sales were approved in September 2011 and included upgrades for Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets.