The United States Department of State has approved this Friday, September 2, the sale of a arms package valued at 1.1 billion euros destined for Taiwan, according to Europa Press.
The administration Biden has formally notified Congress of three packages for the Surveillance Radar Program (SRP) and military equipment. This material includes up to 60 AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and four ATM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II exercise missiles. In addition, Washington will provide 100 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder tactical missiles and four AIM-9X Block II tactical guidance units.
The Pentagon Defense Security Cooperation Agency has explained that this sale occurs after the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) made the purchase request.
According to the letter, these sales are in line with “United States law and politics” over Taiwan. “This proposed sale serves the national, economic, and security interests of the United States by supporting continued recipient efforts to maintain a credible defensive capability,” the Pentagon said.
“The proposed sale will help improve recipient safety and will help maintain political stability, military balance and economic progress in the region“, added the spokesman for the US Department of Defense.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense has expressed its gratitude on the morning of Saturday, September 3, for the agreement with the Biden Administration to obtain weapons for a value of 1,000 million euros.
“We appreciate that the United States provides us with the means to improve our ability to deal with current and future threats,” the Taiwanese ministry said in a Twitter message.
For its part, the Chinese Embassy in the North American country has reacted to the measure ask Washington to reverse the sale arms because it “endangers” the relationship between the two countries.
If not, Beijing will take “the legitimate and necessary countermeasures in light of the development of the situation,” spokesman Liu Pengyu said.
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