President Joe Biden’s administration plans to seek approval from the US Congress for a $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan. Reuters news.
This includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 anti-aircraft missiles. American media Politico reported this information on Monday about sources.
The US is going to take such a step amid tensions with China over the Taiwan issue. China has held large-scale military exercises following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this month. Beijing has not ruled out the possibility of using force to keep Taiwan under its control.
Taipei has complained that Chinese drones are flying too close to Taiwan-controlled islands. China rejected Taiwan’s accusations on Monday. The country said it was not an attempt to spread tension. In response, Beijing called Taipei a thief.
US President Joe Biden’s administration and US lawmakers continue to strengthen their support for the Taiwanese government. A report by Reuters last week said that more resolutions are awaiting approval in the US Congress on the Taiwan issue. They may be approved in the next few weeks or months.
The US will prioritize sustaining the region’s current military system and maintaining existing order rather than building new capabilities in Taiwan, Reuters reported, citing three unnamed sources.
The White House did not immediately respond to Politico’s report.