Tensions Rise as US Approves $75M Arms Sale to Taiwan, China Warns of Strong Reaction

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/26/2024
Congress authorized the sale of $75 million worth of military hardware to Taiwan; nevertheless, China has warned that the US should prepare for a "strong and determined" reaction. China stated that the action damaged its ties with the US and "violates" the core principles of the One China policy, which the two countries had long agreed upon.

This new package, the first authorized by the US Congress since Taipei's elections last month, will provide the island country with additional logistic assistance as well as a Link 16 data system.

"The US armament supplies to China's Taiwan territory gravely violate the One China principle and the specifications of the three China-US joint communiques, notably the August 17 (third) communiqué of 1982," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning stated in response to the deal.

"China is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will take robust action to that purpose."

Between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, Washington made three joint declarations, one of which included a commitment by the S to reduce arms sales to Taiwan, in an effort to normalize ties with Beijing.

A 1979 legislation requires the US to provide Taiwan enough military equipment and technology to prevent invasion. Beijing has always opposed Taiwan's military sales, claiming the island belongs to China and threatening to annex it with force if necessary. The $95 billion assistance plan, which stalled in the House after passing the Senate last month, includes Taiwan as well.

With an emphasis on Israel and Ukraine, the package contained $1.9 billion to restock US weaponry supplied to Taiwan. The US would invest an extra $3.3 billion to develop new submarines as part of a security alliance with Australia and the UK.


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