Taiwan Assurance Act to give flexibility to U.S. arms sales: analyst

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/28/2020
By: Matt Yu, Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim

An Air Force flyby over the Presidential Office ahead of the National Day celebrations. CNA file photo Oct. 6, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020, included in the omnibus spending package signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, should give the United States more flexibility in selling arms to Taiwan, a Taiwanese analyst has said.

Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a senior analyst at the government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), told CNA on Monday that the act, which supports Taiwan's defense capacity and international participation, can be viewed from both military and diplomatic perspectives.

From a military perspective, it indicates that American sales of armaments to Taiwan is shifting from what has been a trend of "regularization" to a trend of "normalization," Su said.

"It means that the process of transferring U.S. defense articles to Taiwan will be more flexible, more institutionalized and met with less political interference," Su argued.    [FULL  STORY]

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