Despite China's opposition, the United States on Wednesday have endorsed a $1.83 billion weapons sale to Taiwan.
According to spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, David McKeeby, the arms mainly consisted defensive weapons, which includes two U.S. Navy guided Oliver Hazard Perry class missile frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, and anti-aircraft and anti-ship systems
McKeeby said: "U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. Our longstanding policy on arms sales to Taiwan has been consistent across six different U.S. administrations. We believe our consistent policy has contributed to the security of Taiwan, and has also supported the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."
Meanwhile, Taiwan in a statement had appreciated the announcement of the sale, calling the gesture "A comprehensive display of America's pledge to provide security to Taiwan. However, China, which views Taiwan as part of its indivisible territory, has called the deal "a serious violation of international laws... as well as China's territory and security interest."
"To safeguard our national interests, China has decided to take necessary measures, including imposing sanctions against the companies involved in the arms sale."
By Temitope Bamidele