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US approves $1.1bn arms sale to Taiwan

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US approves $1.1bn arms sale to Taiwan

US President Joe Biden has increased aid to Taiwan, tightening his stance on China. It is reported that the Biden administration has approved the sale of weapons worth more than one billion dollars to the island country in view of the ongoing tension between Taiwan and China.

The US State Department said that it would sell weapons worth $1.09 billion to Taiwan. This includes $355 million in air-to-sea Harpoon missiles and $85 million in Air-to-Air Sidewinder missiles.

The largest part of the weapons that Taiwan will get will be for surveillance radars. It has been told that its package is $ 655 million. This radar will help increase the alertness of Taiwan during air strikes. Significantly, in the midst of China’s increasing aggression, early detection of enemy missiles in the air has become important. Recently, China has intensified military exercises near Taiwan.

The State Department said that this weapon is very important for Taiwan so that it can maintain its defense capabilities. The administration informed the US Congress of the sale on Friday. The Biden administration said the deal was in line with America’s one-China policy. At the same time, it urged Beijing to “end its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan”.

Tensions between the US and China have escalated since Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last month. At least two other US Congressional delegations have also visited Taipei since Pelosi’s visit. China has condemned all these visits.

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