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Biden to ask Congress for approval of USD 1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan: Reports

Washington [US], August 30 (ANI): The Biden administration plans to ask Congress to approve a USD 1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan that features a whole bunch of missiles for fighter jets and anti-ship methods, in accordance with media reviews.

Sputnik News Agency reported that the sale would come with 60 anti-ship Harpoon missiles, 100 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and a surveillance radar contract extension.

China carried out its largest conflict video games round Taiwan after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s go to to the self-governed Island earlier this month. This journey was the highest-ranking US official to go to the island in 25 years.

China responded by conducting navy drills for a number of days close to the island after she left.

Taiwan had proposed a finances of USD 17.3 billion in defence for 2023, a 14.9 per cent improve from this 12 months’s complete allocation, weeks after China began its navy drill across the self-ruled island nation publish the go to of US House Speaker.

Responding to reviews a couple of potential US arms sale to Taiwan, the Chinese Embassy in Washington mentioned that the US should instantly cease promoting weapons to the island.

“The US side needs to immediately stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan, stop creating factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and follow through on the US government statement of not supporting ‘Taiwan independence,'” embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu mentioned, as per Sputnik News Agency.

The spokesperson additionally mentioned US arms gross sales to Taiwan gravely violate the one-China precept and Beijing will proceed to take resolute and robust measures to firmly defend Chinese sovereignty and safety pursuits.

Meanwhile, two United States Navy warships entered the Taiwan Strait within the first such transit since China staged unprecedented navy drills across the island.

On Sunday, the guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville had been making their voyage “through waters where high seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with the international law,” the US seventh Fleet in Japan mentioned in an announcement as quoted in CNN.

A 110-mile strait is a stretch of water that separates the democratic self-ruled island of Taiwan from mainland China.Beijing claims sovereignty over Taiwan regardless of China’s ruling Communist Party by no means having managed the island — and considers the strait a part of its “internal waters.” (ANI)