Jubilation in Taipei as US Announces Taiwan Arms Sale

December 17, 2015 8:34 AM

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The United States announced Wednesday its intent to make a landmark sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan. The Department of State’s notification to Congress of its plans met with jubilation in Taipei, which relies mostly on U.S. support for defense against its much larger rival China. But Beijing expressed outrage at the proposal.

The U.S. plans to sell Taiwan two guided missile frigates, 36 amphibious assault vehicles and more than 1,200 missiles. They are part of an arms package worth $1.83 billion. The U.S. Congress has 30 days to review the proposed sale. Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou expressed thanks and approval, while ...

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