The United States plans to sell seven major weapons systems to Taiwan, including mines, cruise missiles, and drones, Reuters reported, citing four sources.
The sale of seven weapons systems at once is a rare departure from a long-standing precedent. In arms sales to Taiwan, the United States has always acted cautiously to minimize tensions with Beijing. But the Trump administration has become more aggressive towards China in 2020. In the meantime, Taiwan's desire to buy weapons has increased since the re-election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who has made strengthening Taiwan's defenses her top priority.
A senior US official, citing China's assertiveness in the Taiwan Strait, said that there is no balance today.