This sweeping move would also involve the sale of mines and drones, and would be highly unusual given that U.S. military sales to Taiwan are generally spaced out to avoid unnecessary tensions with China, which views the island as part of its territory in accordance with to his Chinese One Policy. However, with relations between the United States and China having deteriorated considerably since the assumption of the United States President Donald Trump, Washington has adopted a more proactive response in recent years.
The Taiwanese government described the reported package as a “media guess,” declining to comment further.
The US State Department has also not made an official comment on the widely held suggestions.
Weapons deals from Lockheed Martin Co, Boeing and General Atomics are in sight, three people familiar with the status of the agreements on Capitol Hill said last week, with a notification to Congress expected in weeks.
An industry source said Mr. Trump was briefed on the matter last week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Taiwan also wants to acquire sophisticated anti-tank missiles.
In early August, it was reported that Washington was negotiating the sale of at least four of its large, sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for what could amount to around $ 600 million.
Land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles, manufactured by Boeing, intended to serve as coastal defense against cruise missiles are also under discussion.
China launched a series of military exercises last weekend that saw 19 fighter jets encroaching on Taiwanese airspace, apparently in response to a visit by Keith Krach, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Growth economy, energy and the environment.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese armed forces held a series of anti-landing exercises on one of its islands off China on Friday.
Addressing the situation, Ketian Zhang, assistant professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in the United States, told Express.co.uk: “China has a red line, that Taiwan does not must not declare its independence de jure.
“If this is the case, it is highly likely that China will resort to the use of force. “
the end of the CCP game is a possible unification, preferably peacefully.
“But if Taiwan declares its independence de jure, China is very likely to use force. “