US approves $108-million sale of tank equipment and support to Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan - The US has approved a $108-million potential sale of military technical assistance to Taiwan.

The latest arms sale to Taiwan is the fifth authorized since Joe Biden became president in 2021 (stock image).
The latest arms sale to Taiwan is the fifth authorized since Joe Biden became president in 2021 (stock image).  © Collage: 123RF/huebi & MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on Saturday expressed sincere gratitude for the US approval, saying that the deal is expected to "become effective" within the month.

The potential sale was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) late Friday.

DSCA said the sale includes spare and repair parts for tanks and combat vehicles, and US government and contractor technical and logistical support.

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DSCA delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale on Friday.

The proposed sale will contribute to Taiwan's goal of "maintaining its military capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies," according to DSCA.

The move is likely to draw ire from China, as it considers self-ruled Taiwan part of its territory, despite the island having an independent government since 1949.

Fourth arms sale to Taiwan this year

The deal is the fourth arms sale to Taiwan approved by Washington this year and the fifth since US President Joe Biden's inauguration in 2021.

On June 8, Washington approved a proposed sale of $120 million in ship spare parts, ship system spare parts, and related equipment to Taiwan.

The US is legally bound to support Taiwan's defence capabilities in due to the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act.

Cover photo: Collage: 123RF/huebi & MANDEL NGAN / AFP

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