US moves forward on arms sales to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition

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News ID: 48616
Publish Date: 19:35 - 13 October 2020
Tuesday, 13 October 2020_The United States is reportedly moving forward with three advanced weapons sales to Taiwan in a move that is likely to enrage China and increase tensions between the two world powers.

US moves forward on arms sales to Taiwan despite Chinese oppositionBack in September, Reuters reported that the administration of President Donald Trump was pushing for the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan.

The packages, including long-range air-to-ground missiles, would be one of the largest weapons sales to the self-ruled island in recent years.

On Monday, the White House provided an informal notification of the proposed sales to congress for approval, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Monday.

The notifications were of three of the seven planned weapons sales, including cruise missiles that are fired from aircraft and are designed to strike ground targets, external sensor pods for F-16 jets and a long-range rocket artillery system that can strike targets up to 190 miles away.

The three weapons had already been approved by the state department which oversees weapons sales.

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