Radio Taiwan International
Date: 06 June, 2019
By: Paula Chao
The defense ministry says it has submitted a letter to the United States requesting
weaponry. The ministry says the procurement process is progressing normally.
The military plans to purchase 108 M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 TOW missiles, 409 Javelin tank-killer missiles, and 250 stinger missiles from the US.
The defense ministry said on Thursday the arms sale will help boost Taiwan’s defensive capabilities and ensure regional peace and stability.
Also on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrew Lee said that since US President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, Washington has demonstrated its firm support for Taiwan by reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act and approving arms sales to the island three times. [FULL STORY]