REPORT: China throws a fit after learning U.S. will sell torpedoes to Taiwan

MAY 21, 2020

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory.

The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the democratic island with the means to defend itself. China routinely denounces U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

The article goes on to state the following:

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Taiwan of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

The sale was announced on the same day that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in for her second term in office and declared that she strongly rejected China’s sovereignty claims. China fired back, saying it would never tolerate Taiwan being independent.

China also had fierce words for the United States, demanding the U.S. stop the sale of military weapons to Taiwan and break military ties with Taiwan.

The State Department announced in a Twitter post, “@StateDept authorizes a Foreign Military Sales #FMS case for @TECRO_USA #Taiwan for up to 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes and related equipment valued at up to $180 million.”

The U.S. State Department added, “For over 40 years and 7 U.S. presidents, who have been joined by overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress, America will keep Taiwan secure and free from coercion, so it can confidently engage in dialogue with the PRC.

@StateDeptPM is proud to contribute to the security of Taiwan through arms sales and defense cooperation which supports the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

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