The State Department on Wednesday approved a potential $180 million arms sale for Taiwan amid heightened tensions with China over US support for the island.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the deal was for vehicle-launched Volcano anti-tank munition-laying systems and related equipment. The primary contractors for the deal are Northrop Grumman and Oshkosh Corporation.
The State Department’s approval notifies Congress of the potential deal and begins a period during which lawmakers could attempt to block the sale. But the sale shouldn’t have any issues as there is virtually no opposition to arming Taiwan in Congress.
The potential sale comes after President Biden signed the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes $10 billion in loans for Taiwan to buy US-made arms that will be disbursed over five years. The aid is unprecedented as the US has never financed weapons purchases for the island.
Earlier this month, the State Department approved a $425 million arms sale to Taiwan for spare aircraft parts to support the island’s F-16 fighters, C-130 transport planes, and other US-supplied weapons systems.
China is opposed to any new US arms sales to Taiwan and much more strongly opposed to the new military aid. In response to Biden signing the NDAA, China launched major drills around Taiwan, citing “the escalating collusion and provocation by the United States and Taiwan.”
29 thoughts on “State Department Approves $180 Million Arms Sale for Taiwan”
Wars are expensive…
What will WWIII look like?….
Dark, hot, fire, brimstone…
Money, money, money….
If we can manage to piss off China and Russia at the same time, WWIII will be on our doorstep…
I was relieved to see the back end of Trump, now I’d like to see the back end of Biden. He’s too busy serving the MIC…
well just hold on for a bit and then we’ll like to see the back-end of the next guy as well
More weapons! More bombs! Christmas presents from America!
The New American Century = The Old American Century with More Wars.
Time to queue up that next proxy war 😉
I hate to see WWIII with no collective western awareness of how we’re contributing to it. Such a commitment to death for the lies of “democracy, freedom, free world, defensive NATO, etc.” requires a totally brainwashed population of slaves. Such collective stupidity is a remarkable Neocon/neolib accomplishment. What’s more amazing is that Orwell described it so brilliantly many years ago:
“Parsons was Winston’s (Churchill?) fellow-employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralysing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms — one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended.“
If we are too busy being arms dealers we will miss the larger point of de-escalating ….
Is it not up to the Taiwanese to react to the US offer for ” loans for Taiwan to buy US-made arms”? Do the Taiwanese really want the burden of a debt to USA for weapons that can only hurt them? Hopefully the Chinese will be able to influence the Taiwanese over the remaining term of Tsai Ing-wen so they steer away from confrontation with US and China.
Poor Biden cannot be expected to accept that Taiwan is part of China even though he accepts the “one China Policy” which has been part of international recognition for over fifty years, as he of all people should know.
I keep wanting to see our country as some kind of ‘good guy’ but we are not a good guy. We serve a higher power: the MIC. And it comes with a hefty price tag…
The US is better than the average drug dealer… We don’t have money to feed the poor but we always have money for more war…
The level of US
generosity never ceases to amaze me… Giving, giving and more giving.
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