Biden to Ask Congress to Approve $1 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan

Biden to ask Congress to approve $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Joe Biden, President of the United States

US President Joe Biden's administration plans to ask Congress to approve an estimated arms sale to Taiwan to $1.1 billion amid heightened tensions with China, Politico reported Monday, citing sources.

China conducted its biggest military maneuvers around Taiwan this month following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said she showed US support for the country. democratic island.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province and does not rule out using force to bring it back into its fold.

Reuters reported last week that an announcement could be made by Washington in the coming weeks or months to send certain military equipment to Taipei.

According to three sources, the concern of the Biden administration, however, is to ensure the viability of Taiwan's current military systems and to meet orders already placed by the government. #x27;island, rather than bringing new military capabilities to it – an assumption that could exacerbate already high tensions with China.

No immediate comment was obtained from the White House on the article published by Politico.

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