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President Biden has authorized a new arms sale to Taiwan valued at $360 million.

This deal includes hundreds of armed drones, missile equipment, and related support materials. The arms package includes 720 switchblade drones and 291 Altius-600M systems.

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The timing of this announcement is notable, as tensions between Taiwan and China are escalating. China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory, is expected to strongly oppose the sale. Despite being a significant ally, the US does not formally recognize Taiwan as an independent state from China.

The State Department said the sale aligns with US interests by aiding Taiwan’s ongoing military modernization efforts and enhancing its defensive capabilities. It also aims to promote regional political stability, military balance, and economic progress.

Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te expressed gratitude to the United States for the support. Meanwhile, China has not responded to news of the sale.


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