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World US State Department approves potential arms sales to Taiwan

12:15  22 october  2020
12:15  22 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The U . S . State Department has approved the potential sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan , including sensors, missiles and artillery that could have a The Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but China’s foreign ministry said last week that U . S . arms sales to

The State Department authorized a possible sale of eighteen MK-48 Mod6 In response to the announcement Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Thursday that, "China is firmly opposed to the US arms sales to Taiwan and has made solemn representations to the US .

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WASHINGTON / TAIPEI (Reuters) - The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of three weapons systems, including sensors and missiles, for an amount that could reach $ 1.8 billion, the US Department of Defense said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon announcement comes after Reuters reported last week that the White House was pushing forward on advanced arms sales to Democratic Island, as Washington stepped up pressure on Beijing amid concerns over intentions of it with regard to Taiwan.

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The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of .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

China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and does not exclude the use of force to bring the island back into its fold.

The Taiwanese Defense Minister thanked the United States and said the sales were intended to help Taiwan increase its defense capabilities in the face of "threats" and showed its "determination" to defend itself.

"This shows the importance the United States places on security in the Indo-Pacific and the Taiwan Strait," Yen De-fa told reporters. He assured that Taipei was not seeking confrontation with China.

No comment was immediately obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Washington. The Chinese Foreign Ministry denounced the US arms sales, saying it was a danger to China's sovereignty and security.

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The US State Department approved on Wednesday the sale of roughly billion in long-range cruise missiles and 6 million in rocket artillery vehicles to Taiwan , just the latest incident of Washington supplying advanced weaponry to a government China considers to be a province in rebellion.

The U . S . State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said U . S . arms sales to Taiwan were a serious violation of

The formal notifications sent to the US Congress by the State Department on Wednesday concern, among other things, vehicle rocket launchers manufactured by Lockheed Martin and long-range air-to-surface missiles produced by Boeing.

Notifications for additional weapons should be sent to Congress. According to sources, these are expected to be missile and cruise missile launch stations, totaling around $ 2 billion.

Congress has 30 days to oppose any arms sale after being notified, but it is unlikely to use its veto as Republican and Democratic parliamentarians overwhelmingly support Taiwan .

(David Brunnstrom and Mike Stone in Washington, Ben Blanchard in Taipei; French version Jean Terzian)

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