The United States has approved arms sales to Taiwan of about ₹ 1.8 billion. This has increased fears of increasing tension with China. The US Department of Defense says the agreement includes three types of weapons. These include rocket launchers, sensors and artillery. Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense says the weapons will help prevent war as well as enhance their combat capabilities. This information has been known from the British media BBC report.
Taiwan claims its independent country. However, China sees the region as a province that opposes itself. Recently tensions between the two regions have increased. And China has not ruled out the possibility of using force to gain control of the island.
Last week, US security adviser Robert O’Brien said he did not believe China was ready to invade Taiwan. Nevertheless, owning a person is still beyond the reach of the average person.
Under the agreement, the United States will supply Taiwan with 135 cruise missiles, portable light rocket launchers and artillery suitable for the attachment of war planes. The BBC says President Trump has sold more arms to Taiwan than ever before.
China’s foreign ministry said the arms deal could have a profound impact on Beijing’s relationship with the US. Beijing has said that it will take action as necessary.
The United States has intensified contact with Taiwan in recent months. In August, a top US politician visited Taiwan. He met with senior officials including President Tsai-wen.
Beijing strongly opposed these meetings. And Beijing has warned Washington against sending messages that could affect Sino-US relations. China is also strengthening its military presence in Taiwan.
The United States also has security commitments in the region, including arms sales in Taiwan. However, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines do not have formal agreements with Taiwan.
China and Taiwan split during the civil war in the 1940s. However, Beijing has demanded that the area be restored at any time if necessary. China’s dispute with the region has increased since the election of Chinese President Tsai-Wen.