11/25/2020

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 100 Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems to Taiwan

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The State Department has approved the sale of 100 Harpoon coastal defense systems and a maximum of 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan.

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 100 Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems to Taiwan in a deal that has a potential value of up to $2.37 billion.

The proposed sale of the Harpoon systems “will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, economic and progress in the region,” the State Department said in a statement on Monday.

The move comes days after the State Department approved the potential sale of three other weapons systems to Taiwan, including sensors, missiles and artillery that could have a total value of $1.8 billion which prompted a sanctions threat from China.

China sanctions Boeing and Raytheon for arms sales to Taiwan

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China , Zhao Lijian, announced this Monday that the large US arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon will be blacklisted, and the sanctions will be imposed are aimed at “defending national interests

The measure, explains Zhao Lijian, is a response to the sales of three types of weapons systems to Taiwan.Two months ago, the US signed a sale agreement with Taiwan for 66 new Lockheed F-16 Block 70 aircraft models, and while tensions between the US government and China continue to rise before the presidential elections on November 3 .

On Thursday, Lijian warned Washington that the arms sale to Taiwan will have a “great impact” on bilateral relations, as the US move “seriously” violates China’s internal affairs. “Beijing will give the necessary and adequate response as the situation develops,” he said.

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In July, the Asian giant announced embargoes on the US arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin, in response to sales to Taiwan and called on the White House authorities to end arms sales to Taiwan to “avoid further damaging the china-American ties, and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait ”.

Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory. The island is not recognized as an independent state by the United Nations (UN) or by most countries in the world, including the US However, Washington has challenged the one-China principle by increasing contacts diplomats with Taiwan and intensify its military cooperation with the island, becoming its main supplier of weapons.