White House moves forward on three arms sales to Taiwan - sources

White House moves forward on three arms sales to Taiwan – sources


Washington: Five sources said Monday that the White House is promoting the sale of three batches of advanced weapons to Taiwan. In recent days, it has forwarded a notice of the transaction to Congress for approval, while China has threatened to retaliate.

According to Reuters, the US actions on the eve of the November 3 elections could anger China. China views Taiwan as a province that has vowed to reunite with the mainland.

Reuters released the news in September that as the Trump administration increased pressure on China, as many as seven major weapon systems went through the U.S. export process.

People familiar with the case said heads of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House of State were informed that three of the planned arms sales have been approved by the United States Department of State, which is responsible for overseeing the sale. of foreign military goods. determine.

The unofficial report concerns the truck missile launcher produced by Lockheed Martin, called the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), the long-range air-to-surface missile manufactured by Boeing, called the SLAM-ER, and the F-16 jet can image and send data from the aircraft back to the ground station in real time.

The source said sales announcements for other weapon systems used to prevent amphibious landings, including large, complex air drones, land-based harpoon anti-ship missiles, and underwater mines, have not yet reached Capitol Hill, but are expected to be shortly. Will come.

A State Department spokesman said: “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan severely damaged China’s sovereignty and security interests, urging Washington to clearly recognize the harm they caused and immediately cancel them.

“China will make a legitimate and necessary response according to how the situation develops,” Zhao told reporters in Beijing, without elaborating.

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