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US Approves $360 Million Arms Sale to Taiwan


The US State Department has approved a potential arms sale to Taiwan worth an estimated $360 million, according to the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency. This sale includes advanced drones and missiles.

US Commitment to Taiwan’s Defence

Despite the absence of formal diplomatic ties, the United States is legally bound to supply Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory, with defensive equipment. This obligation often angers Beijing. Recently, China has increased its military activities around Taiwan, including war games following the inauguration of Lai Ching-te as president.

Details of the Sale

The Pentagon agency stated the sale will enhance Taiwan’s security and help maintain political stability, military balance and economic progress in the region. The sale includes:

Switchblade 300: Anti-personnel and anti-armour loitering munitions, costing approximately $60.2 million.
ALTIUS 600M-V Drones: These drones, along with related equipment, are estimated to cost $300 million.
Loitering munitions are small guided missiles capable of hovering over a target area until directed to strike.

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Taiwan’s Response

Taiwan’s defence ministry expressed gratitude for the US commitment to increasing arms sales to the island. They noted that these new arms would enhance Taiwan’s ability to detect and respond to threats in real time, crucial given the frequent military operations by China around Taiwan.

The ministry emphasised the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, urging China to cease its aggressive military activities. “It is hoped that the People’s Liberation Army will stop its oppressive military operations around Taiwan and jointly contribute to regional stability,” the ministry stated.

With inputs from Reuters