United States unveils a Taiwan weapons aid package worth 345 million US Dollars

On Friday, the United States unveiled a Taiwan weapons aid package worth 345 million US Dollars. While the Biden administration declines to publicise any details, this will likely anger China which sees Taiwan as its territory and has increased military pressure on the island over the past three years. China has repeatedly demanded the US to stop weapon sales to Taiwan to which the US has paid no heed so far.

The US Congress has authorized up to One billion US Dollars worth of Presidential Drawdown Authority weapons aid for Taiwan, strongly rejecting Chinese sovereignty claims, in its 2023 budget. Taiwan had previously agreed to purchase four, more advanced, MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones, made by General Atomics, which are slated for delivery in 2025. Yet it has refused to provide any details unless the deal is closed officially.

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