Taiwan is a vulnerable country when it comes to China’s dealing with it. China has threatened the nation of invading the nation which surely impacts Taiwan adversely. The two nations, originally the Republic of China, have shared their different interests for quite a while. However, China has been quite headstrong to give the other nation a relatively hard time. The Chinese government still claims authority over the country. However, Taiwan’s officials have time in and time out declared their sovereignty. Taiwan’s officials formally approached the United States for the acquisition of different weapon systems. The US has to give its nod to the $1.8 billion deal. This will consequently strengthen their defense base.
The US’ nod to Taiwan for the arms deal will perturb China
The three weapons systems that the United States will deliver to Taiwan, including artillery and missiles is the beginning of something new. Taiwan officially wanted to increase its ammunition power to repel the Chinese invasion. The State government notified the Congress of 11 truck-based rocket launchers made by Lockheed Martin Corp. This High Mobility Artillery Rocket System will have the estimated cost of $436.1 million. Al Jazeera further reported that they further asked for 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response. Boeing will make the missiles and related equipment for $1.008 billion. Taiwan will further get six MS-110 Reece external sensor pods. The pods have an estimated cost of USD 372.2 million manufactured by Collins Aerospace for jets.
It is no doubt that the tensions between China and Taiwan are at its peak. Furthermore, China is also not doing that well with the United States. The latter relationship deteriorated due to the recent fluctuations regarding technology, Indo-Pacific, and coronavirus pandemic. Congress has not yet objected to any of the sales approval. It has a month to object. However, there is a huge support for the defense of Taiwan.
The security and economic interests of both countries will stand to gain from the deal
The State Departments stated that the proposed sale will benefit the US national, security, and economic interest because it supports Taiwan’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces. This will also further the reliable defensive capability of both countries. The State Department announced that it has given its approval for the sale of 135 precision land-attack missiles, associated equipment as well as needed training to Taiwan to improve its defense. The pieces of equipment will furthermore benefit the recipient’s end to level up its defense. This will give an upper hand whenever it needs to utilize the ammunition.