18 Sep, 2020 04:30 am

US Pushes Large Arms Sale to Taiwan, Including Jet Missiles

The Trump administration is pushing the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan, including long-range missiles that would allow Taiwanese jets to hit distant Chinese targets in the event of a conflict, say officials familiar with the proposals.

By law, the United States government is required to provide weapons of a defensive nature to Taiwan, a self-governing, democratic island.Relations between the United States and China have plummeted to their lowest point in decades, as the two nations openly challenge each other on a wide range of issues, including trade, technology, diplomatic relations and military dominance of Asia.The missiles can be used with F-16 fighter jets that the United States has sold Taiwan.Bolton, has gone further, pushing for the United States to formally recognize Taiwan.

Taiwanese officials hope that a new economic dialogue with the United States will result in a free-trade agreement.The proposed sales come as President Trump and his campaign strategists try to paint him as tough on China in the run-up to the election in November.

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