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Taiwan buys billions of dollars worth of weapons from the US in the face of China's threats - Walla! News

2020-10-27T15:27:21.654Z

The island is equipped with missile systems against ships, rockets and upgrades the Air Force in an attempt to strengthen its deterrence against Beijing that does not hesitate to reconquer the island. China threatens sanctions on US arms makers, warns Trump administration to undermine stability



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Taiwan buys billions of dollars worth of weapons from the US in the face of threats from China

The island is equipped with missile systems against ships, rockets and upgrades the Air Force in an attempt to strengthen its deterrence against Beijing that does not hesitate to reconquer the island.

China threatens sanctions on US arms makers, warns Trump administration to undermine stability

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In the video: US Secretary of Health visits Taiwan (Photo: Reuters)

Taiwan said today (Tuesday) that missile and weapons systems it had recently acquired from the United States would strengthen the island's capabilities to defend itself against China.

This comes a day after Beijing announced it would take action against major U.S. arms makers, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing's military wing, which is responsible for a $ 2.37 billion deal.



Faced with China's military superiority in the field of missiles, manpower, sea and air, Taiwan finds it difficult to convince its residents and its important ally the United States that it can and is willing to defend itself.

The two split after the Communist victory in the Civil War in 1949, and the nationalists who fled to the island established independent rule there, but Beijing sees Taiwan as an integral part of its territory and does not rule out the use of force to retake it.



Taiwan Defense Ministry spokesman Xi Shun-wen said the new systems, in value, would also strengthen his country's asymmetric capabilities, which are essential in the event of a war between two unequal enemies in their power.

"It will strengthen Taiwan's overall combat capabilities for peace and stability in Taiwan," he said.

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Able to hit targets on land as well.

The Harpoon missile is launched in an exercise by the Taiwanese army (Photo: AP)

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wong Wenbin today again accused the United States of violating its commitments to China while strengthening the security of those who support the island's independence, such as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Won.



He told reporters that the United States should cancel arms deals to avoid further damage to relations with China, and "peace and stability" in the region.

Wong added that "China will take legitimate and necessary steps to resolutely defend its national sovereignty and security interests."



Yesterday, the Trump administration informed Congress that it plans to sell Taiwan a system of Harpoon missiles capable of hitting ships and land targets.

Boeing says the missiles are guided by GPS and with a warhead weighing 226 kg. They could also hit targets on the coast, sites for launching surface-to-air missiles, aircraft, ports and industrial facilities.



Another deal worth $ 1.8 billion was announced last week , Which includes missile and rocket systems and upgrades of Taiwan's F-16s.

Tensions with Beijing continue.

President of Taiwan and US Secretary of Health, August (Photo: Reuters)

Washington has no official relationship with the island's Democratic government, but by law it must ensure that Taiwan can defend itself.

In recent years, arms sales have increased, due to the strengthening of the Chinese military dedicated to improving its capabilities to occupy the island.



The Chinese Air Force has this year stepped up its operations near Taiwan, which sees an erosion in its forces and so its importance to develop new weapon systems or purchase them from other countries has increased.

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