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US approves $360 million arms sale to Taiwan

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun20,2024

US approves $360 million arms sale to Taiwan

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The US State Department has approved the possible sale of drones and missiles to Taiwan worth about $360 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which is part of the Pentagon, reported, Voice of America reports.

The United States is legally obligated to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, despite the lack of formal diplomatic relations, which has continually angered Beijing.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has been increasing military pressure on the island, including military maneuvers around the island in May, after the inauguration of President Lai Qingde.

"The sale will help enhance the recipient's security and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance and economic progress in the region", – the Pentagon agency said in a statement.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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