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U.S. Approves $ 120 Million Weapons Sale Possible to Maintain Taiwanese Warships

Washington (Sputnik) -The United States has approved the possibility of selling $ 120 million in spare parts and related equipment for ships to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

“The State Department has decided to approve the potential for an estimated $ 120 million in foreign military sales of ship spare parts, ship system spare parts, and related equipment to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States. The Department of Defense and Security Cooperation has submitted the necessary certificates to notify Congress of the possibility of this sale. “

He added that the proposed sale is in line with US law and serves US national, economic, and security interests.Washington also said this deal It will help Taiwan strengthen its security.

“The proposed sale will help maintain the recipient’s surface fleet and strengthen its ability to respond to current and future threats,” the statement said, contributing to Taiwan’s military strength and to the United States and other allies. He added that it would enhance interoperability with. ..

The DSCA said the agreement would not affect US defense readiness.

Taiwan has been governed separately from mainland China since the end of the civil war in 1949. Beijing considers it an integral part of its sovereign territory Taipei claims to be an autonomous state, but opposes official contact between the island and other countries.

Although the United States has not officially recognized Taiwan’s independence, Washington has provided a number of weapons systems to the island and has supported independent groups there.

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