As observers note, the White House has recently stepped up contacts with the island against the backdrop of strained relations with Beijing.
The US administration has notified the US Congress of its intention to supply Taiwan with three shipments of modern weapons. Reuters reported on Monday.
According to his sources, permission to perform three deliveries issued by the US State Department under national law has been received. We are talking about installations of Lockheed Martin’s HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, Boeing’s SLAM-ER air-launched cruise missiles, as well as external sensor units for F-16 fighters. The US legislative branch now has 30 days to study these new agreements and possibly block them.
In September, Reuters reported that the US authorities are considering supplying Taiwan with seven shipments of weapons. According to the Agency’s source, lawmakers will be notified of the US intention to supply modern uncrewed aerial vehicles, Harpoon ground-based anti-ship missiles, and underwater mines soon.
“Based on its policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on possible defense contracts or deliveries until they are officially notified to Congress,” the State Department said when asked for comment by Reuters.
As observers note, the White House has recently stepped up contacts with Taiwan, which the PRC and the vast majority of countries of the world consider as an integral part of China’s territory, against the backdrop of strained relations with Beijing. On August 9-12, US Secretary of health and human services Alex Azar visited Taipei, prompting strong protests from Beijing. This was followed on August 31 by the United States, announcing a new high-level economic dialogue mechanism with Taiwan.