In recent news, President Joe Bidens announced a weapons assistance package for Taiwan against china.
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Biden administration announces new weapons assistance package for Taiwan
The U.S. President Joe Bidens administration announced $345 million in military aid to Taiwan on Friday, July 28, the first major package from the Biden administration on America’s own stockpiles to help Taiwan counter China.
The White House announcement said the package would include defense, education, and training for Taiwanese. Washington will send man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS, intelligence and surveillance capabilities, firearms, and missiles, according to two US officials who spoke anonymously to discuss sensitive matters ahead of the announcement.
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US lawmakers press the Pentagon and the White House to ship arms to Taiwan rapidly. The goal is to help counter China and prevent China from attacking by providing Taipei with enough weapons to make the cost of an attack too high.
While Chinese diplomats protested the move, Taiwan’s trade office in Washington said the US decision to remove weapons and other materials from its stores provided “an important tool to support Taiwan’s self-defense.” It pledged to work with the United States to maintain “peace, stability, and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.”
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The package is in addition to the nearly $19 billion in military sales of F-16s and other major weapons systems that the US has approved for Taiwan.
Deliveries of those weapons have been hampered by supply chain issues that began during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been exacerbated by the pressure placed on the global defense industrial base by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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The difference is that this aid is part of a presidential authorization approved by Congress last year to remove weapons from US military stockpiles – so Taiwan won’t have to wait for military production and sales to kick in.
This makes the delivery of weapons faster than funding for new weapons. The Pentagon has used a similar authority to obtain billions of dollars worth of munitions to Ukraine.
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Taiwan broke away from China in 1949 amid a civil war. If necessary, Chinese President Xi Jinping maintains China’s right to occupy the now self-governing island by force.
China has accused the US of turning Taiwan into a “dynamite” through arms sales worth billions of dollars.
The US maintains a “one China” policy under which it does not recognize Taiwan’s formal independence and has no formal diplomatic relations with the island out of respect for Beijing.
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“However, US law requires Taiwan to have a credible defense, and the US must consider all threats to the island to be of “serious concern.”
Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State, made history in June by becoming the first senior US diplomat to visit Beijing in five years. During his visit, he focused on stabilizing, and he focused on stabilizing and enhancing the relationship between the two superpowers.
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This visit was crucial in determining whether governments worried about China’s actions in the Indo-Pacific and Taiwan can prevent further deterioration of their relationship
It’s worth noting that Blinken had previously canceled a trip to Beijing due to a Chinese spy balloon entering the continental United States.
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