US approves US$2.22bn weapons sale

NO PLANES: While the deal includes Abrams tanks and missiles, the F-16V jets asked for in February were excluded. President Tsai thanked the US in a Facebook post

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 10, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The US Department of State has approved the sale of US$2.22 billion in weapons to Taiwan that

Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang speaks at a news conference at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei in an undated photograph.
Photo: Lin Hsin-fang, Taipei Times

includes M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles.

The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs announced the sales and the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency formally informed the US Congress of the approval on Monday.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) thanked the US government in a Facebook post, saying the weaponry would strengthen Taiwan’s national defense capacity and deter potential military threats, as well as ensure peace in the Taiwan Strait and the wider region.

The US government has used the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) to take concrete actions that realize its commitment to Taiwan’s security, Tsai wrote.    [FULL  STORY]

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