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China Def Min Demands End Of USD108mn US Arms Sale To Taiwan


Reuters carrying comments from the Chinese Defence Ministry issuing a demand that the US immediately halts a USD108mn arms sale to Taiwan.

  • Defence Ministry also says that the Chinese military will 'take all necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty'.
  • Defence ministry: 'The responsibility for any undermining of military ties between the US and China to be entirely borne by the US'.
Comes after the Pentagon announced the proposed sale 15 July, with the Defense Security Cooperation Agencystating "The proposed sale will contribute to the sustainment of the recipient's vehicles, small arms, combat weapon systems, and logistical support items, enhancing its ability to meet current and future threats".
  • Pentagon did not issue info on whether the deal was signed or final, but the Taiwanese National Defense Ministry stated it expected the deal to "become effective" within one month.
  • Tensions between US and China, and China and Taiwan in and around the Taiwan Strait remain at multi-year highs. Risk of conflict through miscalculation remains high given the high number of naval ships and military aircraft in the region.

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