State Department Approves $1.3 Billion Arms Deal With Taiwan

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On June 29, the U.S. State Department approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan. The sale features seven main items, including technical support for an early warning radar system, upgrades for several torpedo systems, and components for the SM-2 missile. Congress will review the agreement and then negotiate the specific equipment and monetary value of the transaction. State Department spokeswomen Heather Naurt has said the sale does not represent a change in the United States position on the ‘one-China’ policy.