Approves Arms Sales to Taiwan
Press Friday , September 29, 2000 ; A06
Pentagon said yesterday it plans a series of arms sales
to Taiwan valued at $1.3 billion, including 200 supersonic
air-to-air missiles and advanced military communications
which regards Taiwan as part of the motherland, strongly
opposes U.S. arms sales to the island. Under the Taiwan
Relations Act, the United States is committed to providing
Taiwan with defensive arms.
most nations, the United States has diplomatic relations
with China and has promised Beijing that it will not have
formal ties with Taiwan, which split with the mainland after
the communist revolution in 1949.
Pentagon said it plans to sell Taiwan 200 AIM-120C medium-range
air-to-air missiles to enhance the defensive capabilities
of Taiwan's F-16 fighters. Although Taiwan had previously
asked to buy this type of missile, this is the first time
the Pentagon has approved the sale. That portion of the
deal is valued at $150 million.
has the authority to block any Pentagon arms sale, although
such action is rare.
written statements announcing each part of yesterday's arms
sale, the Pentagon said the additional weaponry in Taiwan
would "not affect the basic military balance in the
region." China argues that U.S. arms sales amount to
interference in internal Chinese affairs and could embolden
Taiwan to seek independence.
Pentagon said it also would sell Taiwan a military communications
system known as the Improved Mobile Subscriber Equipment
system, for $513 million. The system will provide secure
voice and data communications to all levels of Taiwan's
field military forces.