US Speeds Arms Sales for Taiwan as Island Revamps China Strategy

Fox News
Date: November 06, 2020
By: Ralph Jennings

FILE – A U.S.-made F-16V fighter jet is cleaned by an auto washing machine during a military exercise in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan, Jan. 15, 2020.

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – U.S. officials are speeding arms sales to Taiwan this year as the Asian island revamps its defense strategy against old, and more powerful, foe China, and experts on both sides say Washington is extra keen to show support.
Taiwan is shifting toward asymmetric warfare — the use of unconventional tactics against a stronger enemy — and analysts believe the U.S. government figures the right defensive weaponry should follow. U.S. officials for their part want to show China they will consistently oppose perceived threats of force against Taiwan, the experts say.
“Probably Washington’s consensus is that the Chinese intimidation is growing, the cross-Strait balance is tilting, heavily, and Taiwan’s arms procurement strategy or items have been in the past too much focused on force-on-force capability rather than asymmetrical capability,” said Alexander Huang, a strategic studies professor at Tamkang University in Taiwan.

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