See More on Facebook

Diplomacy

Washington approves sale of tanks, missiles to Taiwan

The sales will not include fighter jets requested by Taiwan.


Written by

Updated: July 10, 2019

The U.S. Department of State has approved the sale of a package of weapons to Taiwan worth US$2.2 billion that includes M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Bureau announced the sales, and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) formally informed the Congress of the approval on Monday U.S. time.

The arms sales, totaling US$2.22 billion, include 108 M1A2T Abrams Tanks and relevant equipment and support, 250 Block I-92F MANPAD Stinger missiles, and four Block I-92 MANPAD Stinger Fly-to-Buy missiles and relevant equipment.

The package, however, does not include 66 F-16V fighter jets that Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense applied to purchase on Feb. 27.

The deal had been stalled for some time amid concerns that the U.S. government was holding back on weapon sales to Taiwan for fear of their possible impact on its trade talks with China.

But the truce in the trade war reached between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) at the G20 summit in Osaka and an agreement to keep talking may have allayed some of those worries.

The sales, announced as two separate packages by the DSCA, were by far the most substantive since Trump became president in January 2017.

Previous sales announced on June 29, 2017, Sep. 24, 2018, and April 15, 2019 included training and maintenance/logistics support, along with torpedoes, anti-radiation missiles, and missile components.

According to DSCA’s two statements issued on July 8, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, Taiwan’s de facto embassy the U.S., has requested to buy 250 Block I-92F MANPAD Stinger missiles, 4 Block I-92F MANPAD Stinger Fly-to-Buy missiles, 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks and related equipment.

The principal missile contractors will be Raytheon Missile Systems, and the MlA2T tank prime contractor will be General Dynamics Land Systems, the DSCA statements said.

The Stinger missiles and related equipment will contribute to the recipient military’s goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between the recipient, the U.S., and other partners, the DSCA said.

This proposed sale of MlA2 tanks, meanwhile, “will contribute to the modernization of the recipient’s main battle tank fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense,” the DSCA said.

The sale of these tanks, it said, serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by helping “improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region.”



Enjoyed this story? Share it.


Asia News Network
About the Author: Asia News Network is a regional media alliance comprising 24 media entities.

Eastern Briefings

All you need to know about Asia


Our Eastern Briefings Newsletter presents curated stories from 22 Asian newspapers from South, Southeast and Northeast Asia.

Sign up and stay updated with the latest news.



By providing us with your email address, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

View Today's Newsletter Here

Diplomacy

7 of 10 Filipinos worried by presence of Chinese workers

China has increased its presence in the archipelago. The rising presence of Chinese workers in the country worry seven out of 10 adult Filipinos, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, as the government recently launched a crackdown against Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) which mostly employ Chinese nationals. The noncommissioned survey, conducted from Sept. 27 to 30, found that 31 percent “worried a great deal,” while 39 percent are “somewhat worried.” Highest in Metro Manila The proportion of those who were worried about the increasing number of Chinese workers in the country was highest in Metro Manila at 75 percent, followed by the Visayas at 71 percent, Luzon outside Metro Manila (69 percent) and Mindanao (67 percent.) About half of the respondents agree that the rising number of Chinese workers is a threat to national secur


By Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 6, 2019

Diplomacy

Huawei asks US court to overturn ban

The company is suing the FCC, the latest in a series of legal tussles. The legal battle between Huawei Technologies Co and United States government intensified on Thursday. The Chinese tech heavyweight announced a legal challenge to the US Federal Communications Commission, seeking to overturn the latter’s order that bans telecom carriers from buying the company’s equipment via federal subsidies. The move is the latest push by the world’s largest telecom equipment maker to pursue fair competition and treatment amid a slate of restrictions from Washington. Analysts said the FCC ban would have very limited impact on Huawei’s financial performance, but labeling the company as a national security threat would cause far-reaching reputational harm. In a petition filed in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday, Huawei asked the court to declare the FCC order un


By China Daily
December 6, 2019

Diplomacy

North Korea has not given up hope for nuclear talks with US yet

Kim has mentioned a possibility of a ‘Christmas’ gift. Tensions between the US and North Korea have heightened as the two sides exchanged threats and bellicose rhetoric of possible military actions if necessary, amid their stalled nuclear talks. But they appear to have no intention to wind up their diplomacy at least for the next few weeks, experts said. On Wednesday, Heino Klinck, US deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, said the US has been refraining from responding to every single one of North On Wednesday, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Heino Klinck said the


By The Korea Herald
December 6, 2019

Diplomacy

Chinese FM to visit India this month for boundary talks

The talks were to be held in September but had to be postponed as the two sides could not find a suitable date for the meeting. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to visit India later this month to hold boundary talks with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, sources said on Wednesday. Wang, who is also a State Councillor, and Doval are the designated Special Representatives (SRs) of the two countries for the boundary talks. The talks were to be held in September but had to be postponed as the two sides could not find a suitable date for the meeting. Besides holding boundary talks with the NSA, Wang, a trusted lieutenant of Chinese President Xi Jinping, will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. He will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


By The Statesman
December 5, 2019

Diplomacy

Pyongyang to hold party meeting ahead of year-end deadline

Kim Jong-un rides up Paektusan again, highlights self-reliance and revolutionary spirit. North Korea will hold a plenary meeting around the end of December to decide on “crucial issues,” its state-run news agency said Wednesday. On the same day, the Korean Central News Agency reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rode up Paektusan on a white horse accompanied by military commanders, raising speculation that the communist regime may take more provocative military actions as the year-end deadline it set for denuclearization talks with the US quickly approaches. North Korea’s Workers’ Party of Korea announced Tuesday that the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK would convene around the end of December, Korea Central News Agency reported, “in order to discuss and decide on crucial issues in line with the needs of the development of the Korean revolution and the chan


By The Korea Herald
December 5, 2019

Diplomacy

Japan, India must deepen ties to ensure regional maritime security

Japan sees China as a growing threat in the Asia Pacific region. It is important for Japan and India to deepen their security cooperation and strive to ensure the safety of sea-lanes. Japan and India have held their first foreign and defense ministers’ meeting — so-called two-plus-two talks — in India and issued a joint statement focusing on the promotion of the “free and open Indo-Pacific” initiative, which has been led by Japan and the United States. The two-plus-two meeting is a framework in which ministers discuss security policies and defense cooperation. India became the seventh country for Japan to hold the dialogue in this style, following the United States and Australia, among others. India last year held a two-plus-two meeting with the United States, making Japan its second country for such a meeting. China has been proceeding with work


By The Japan News
December 3, 2019