New arms deal likely before end of Obama’s term

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 05, 2016
By: Nadia Tsao / Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

The US might approve an arms sale to Taiwan before US President Barack Obama’s term expires in January next year, Deputy Minister of National Defense Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明) said yesterday.

Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, Lee said it was likely that the Obama administration might sell weapons and defense systems to Taiwan in addition to ammunition.

The Obama administration might notify the US Congress of an arms deal package to Taiwan in December, which would mainly include ammunition, US-Taiwan Business Council president Rupert Hammond-Chambers said on Sunday.

However, Lee, who led a Taiwanese delegation to the conference, said that if there is a weapons deal, then there should be a “breakthrough” in the list of weapons to be procured by Taiwan.     [FULL  STORY]

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