U.S. State Department Approves Possible $2.2 Billion Arms Deal To Taiwan
The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale worth $2.2 Billion to Taiwan which will include M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles, and related equipment. Pentagon said about the deal on Monday despite Chinese criticism of the deal.
Chinese foreign ministry expressed anger about the deal and urged the country to revoke the deal. The timing of the deal is sensitive as the Washington and Beijing are between the bitter trade war. The Defense Security Corporation said in a statement that the weapon that includes in the sales are 108 General Dynamics Corp (GD.N) M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, would not alter the basic military balance in the region.
Reuters said that it has reported the informal notification of the sale has been sent to the Congress. The United States is the main supplier of democratic Taiwan while China considers Taiwan as a wayward province. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that the sale to Taiwan it’s a serious violation of international law and “crude interference in China’s internal affairs, harming China’s sovereignty and security interests.”
“Taiwan is an inseparable part of China’s territory and nobody should underestimate the Chinese government’s and people’s firm determination to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and oppose foreign interference,” the spokesperson said.
While Taiwan’s Presidential Office expressed “sincere gratitude to the U.S. government.