Biden to ask Congress for USD 1.1 billion Arms Deal with Taiwan: Reports

Washington [US]: The Biden administration intends to ask Congress to authorize a USD 1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan that consists of thousands of missiles for fighter jets and also anti-ship systems, according to media records.

Media reported that the sale would consist of 60 anti-ship Harpoon projectiles, 100 Sidewinder air-to-air rockets, and also a security radar contract extension.  China executed its largest war games around Taiwan after United States House Audio speaker Nancy Pelosi’s check out to the self-governed Island previously this month. This trip was the highest-ranking United States authorities to see the island in 25 years.

China reacted by carrying out army drills for numerous days near the island after she left.

Taiwan had actually suggested a budget of USD 17.3 billion in protection for 2023, a 14.9 per cent increase from this year’s total allotment, weeks after China began its army drill around the self-ruled island nation post the go to of US Residence Speaker.

Replying to records concerning a potential US arms sale to Taiwan, the Chinese Embassy in Washington stated that the United States needs to immediately stop offering weapons to the island.

” The US side requires to promptly quit arms sales to as well as army contact with Taiwan, quit creating factors that can lead to stress in the Taiwan Strait, and also follow through on the United States government declaration of not supporting ‘Taiwan independence,'” embassy representative Liu Pengyu claimed, as per News Agency.

The speaker additionally said US arms sales to Taiwan gravely violate the one-China principle and Beijing will certainly continue to take resolute as well as solid actions to strongly defend Chinese sovereignty and also safety interests.

At the same time, two USA Navy battleships went into the Taiwan Strait in the initial such transit considering that China staged unprecedented military drills around the island.

On Sunday, the guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville were making their voyage “with waters where high seas flexibilities of navigating and also overflight use based on the worldwide regulation,” the US 7th Fleet in Japan said in a declaration as quoted in CNN.

A 110-mile strait is a stretch of water that separates the autonomous self-ruled island of Taiwan from mainland China.

Beijing claims sovereignty over Taiwan despite China’s judgment Communist Party never ever having regulated the island– and takes into consideration the strait part of its “inner waters.”

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