US agrees to sell $1.1bn in arms to Taiwan, angering China


In the midst of its continuous conflict with China, the US is sending Taiwan high-tech military hardware worth $1.1 billion (£960 million), including anti-ship and air-to-air missiles. This action has elicited a rebuke from Beijing.
The Pentagon confirmed the sale on Friday. It takes place at a time of extraordinary tensions between China and Taiwan as a result of Beijing’s robust military exercises surrounding the archipelago in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit last month. The transaction was approved by the US state department.
The US was warned by the Chinese embassy in Washington to cancel the agreement or face “counter-measures.”

The agreement “seriously jeopardizes” relations between Washington and Beijing, according to spokesman Liu Pengyu.
He continued, “China will steadfastly adopt legal and essential countermeasures in light of the development of the situation.”
The Pentagon confirmed the sale on Friday. It takes place at a time of extraordinary tensions between China and Taiwan as a result of Beijing’s robust military exercises surrounding the archipelago in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit last month. The transaction was approved by the US state department.
According to the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the sale includes Sidewinder missiles, which can be used for air-to-air and surface-attack missions, for about $85.6 million (£73 million), Harpoon anti-ship missiles for about $355 million (£308 million), and support for Taiwan’s surveillance radar program for about $665.4 million (£577 million).

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