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WorldUS State Dept approves potential $2.2 bn arms sale to Taiwan

04:25  09 july  2019
04:25  09 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

China is urging the US to cancel a $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

China is urging the US to cancel a $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan Beijing has said the deal would represent a "gross interference" in China's domestic security.

“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to TECRO for the M1A 2 T Abrams Tanks and related equipment and support “China firmly, consistently and unequivocally opposes US arms sales to Taiwan ,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang

The U . S . State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A 2 T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated China's Foreign Ministry said last month when the possible sale was first reported that it was seriously concerned about U . S . arms sales to

US State Dept approves potential $2.2 bn arms sale to Taiwan© DANIEL MIHAILESCU Congress has been notified about the potential sale, which would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks

The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of $2.2 billion in arms, including Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed "serious concerns" about the possible sale.

Congress has been notified about the potential deal, which would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, some 250 Stinger missiles, related equipment and support, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

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This is the list of US arms sales to Taiwan since 1979 when the United States and the People's Republic of China established diplomatic relations. 美國對台軍事援助一覽 (1979-2010), Voice of America. Taiwan : Major U . S . Arms Sales Since 1990 Congressional Research Service.

The US State Department approved the sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to This sale furthers US national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the “This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded,” the DSCA added.

US lawmakers have 30 days to object to the sale but are unlikely to do so.

The proposed tank sale "will contribute to the modernization of the recipient's main battle tank fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense," DSCA said in a statement.

And the missiles would "support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security and defensive capability of the recipient, an important force for political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region," it said.

Neither would alter the "basic military balance in the region," according to DSCA.

Beijing registered its opposition to the possible sale earlier this month.

"We have repeatedly emphasized to the US to fully understand the extremely sensitive and damaging nature of their decision to sell arms to Taiwan, and abide by the One China principle," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

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