Date: July 9, 2020
TAIPEI (Reuters) – The United States has approved a possible $620 million upgrade package for Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan, the State Department said, the latest purchase from the United States to deal with a rising threat from China.
The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the democratic island with the means to defend itself.
China, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own territory, routinely denounces U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
Taiwan has requested to buy components to upgrade its Patriot missiles “in order to support an operational life of 30 years”, the State Department said on Thursday. [FULL STORY]