Taiwan on Friday welcomed its sixth prospective arms deal with the United States under the Biden administration, which will include anti-ship and air-to-air missiles, amid China’s military threats.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement that it had delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible arms sale, which totaled $1.106 billion.
The three contracts also include related military equipment, parts, as well as technical and logistic support services, according to the DSCA.
The DSCA stated that the proposed arms sale “will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
Taiwan’s Presidential Office said the arms sale would help the island nation strengthen its self-defense and cope with the Chinese military pressure surrounding its border.
US Takes ‘Limited Approach’ To TaiwanThe U.S.-Taiwan Business Council said that it opposed the United States taking a “limited approach” in its arms sale to Taiwan because the weapons offered are not new capabilities for the Chinese-claimed island.
“To deny the island the ability to mount a full defense will, over time, create new gaps in Taiwan’s defenses that the PLA can exploit. America’s current policy of strategic ambiguity does not allow for the U.S. to clarify that it would fill those gaps as they emerge,” he added.
Taiwan’s Countermeasures Against ChinaFor the first time, Taiwan’s military shot down an unidentified civilian drone that entered its airspace near an islet near China’s Xiamen city on Thursday, after the government vowed tough measures against a rise in intrusions.
Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang said that Taiwan had repeatedly issued warnings and asked the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “not to encroach on our doorstep.”
“They repeatedly ignored our warnings to leave and we had no choice but to exercise self-defense and shoot,” Su said. “This is the most appropriate reaction after repeated restraint and warnings.”