Trump administration readies major arms sale to Taiwan

By Ryan Browne and Jennifer Hansler, CNN

Updated 2237 GMT (0637 HKT) September 17, 2020

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Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is expected to soon approve another major weapons sale including drones to Taiwan, according to congressional and administration sources. The move comes as the US and Taiwan are strengthening ties and amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing.The US is preparing to sell seven packages of weapons systems to Taiwan, a congressional aide told CNN, saying it was unclear when the Congress would be formally notified about the sales, as is required by law.A US official said that the administration will soon formally approve a large sale of MQ-9B Reaper drones. The value of the drones and associated equipment and program support is estimated to be about $600 million.

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China Threatens U.S. Over Taiwan Visit: ‘Stones May Become Torpedoes’

The trip by Undersecretary of State Keith Krach reportedly to discuss new weapons sales comes amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and the much larger military on the mainland.

By Paul D. Shinkman, Senior Writer, National SecuritySept. 17, 2020, at 10:27 a.m.

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China Threatens U.S. Over Taiwan Visit

U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach exits a plane upon arrival at the air force base airport in Taipei. Taiwan on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Krach is in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China. (Pool Photo via AP Photo)

Undersecretary of State Keith Krach exits a plane upon arrival at the air force base airport on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Taipei, Taiwan.(CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY POOL/AP)

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Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

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State Department confirms plan for the sale which will be the first since the $1.83bn sale under Obama in December 2015.

The US is legally obligated to sell weapons to Taiwan for its self-defence [Reuters]

The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42bn in arms, the first such sale under the administration of President Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea.

The sale, which requires congressional approval, would be the first to Taiwan under Trump and the first since a $1.83bn sale that former President Barack Obama announced in December 2015, to China’s dismay. Tiếp tục đọc “Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan”