Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said Monday that Taiwan is in talks with the Pentagon on the US providing a $500 million weapons package that would come at no cost to Taipei.
“These extra weapons will be given to us for free and will not be deducted from the purchase list, which has been delayed by the US,” Chiu told Taiwan’s legislature, according to The South China Morning Post. He said the talks have been ongoing for about four months.
When asked what kind of weapons Taiwan will receive, Chiu said, “They will include missiles and some logistic services to help train our soldiers so that they will be familiar with the weapons’ operations as soon as they arrive.”
He said the arms will be “items readily available in the US inventory.” The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included $1 billion in Presidential Drawdown Authority for Taiwan, which allows the US to send weapons directly from Pentagon stockpiles.
The US has sold weapons to Taiwan since Washington severed relations with Taipei in 1979 but has not provided free military aid, making the support unprecedented and sure to anger Beijing. China’s People’s Liberation Army launched major drills around Taiwan in December 2022 in response to President Biden signing the NDAA into law.
The PDA is the main authority President Biden has used to arm Ukraine. When lawmakers in Congress were first discussing including the PDA for Taipei, they said the idea was to arm Taiwan like Ukraine but before any potential invasion. China hawks say this must be done to deter a future war with China, but Beijing views such support as a major provocation.
36 thoughts on “US, Taiwan in Talks on US Providing $500 Million in ‘Free’ Weapons”
Biden has got his head so far up the MIC’s a–, it’s not even funny…
The only thing Dementia Joe cares about is the Green. He’s just a flunkie for the Globalists and will do their bidding as he gets to play Prez and of course the money spigots stay open for the Biden Crime Family.
500 million in seed money isn’t a big deal if you can make 500 billion on the subsequent war.
Sort of like a street dealer giving a “free taste”, no?
The country with some of the world’s most important chip manufactoring is getting free stuff.
Outsourcing sure works in academic circles (they have Excel graphs showing how swell it is don’t you know?) but it has costs in the real world outside the musings doesn’t it?
microsoft has just announced that it will not update windows 10 or 11.
stay tuned for the introduction of windows 13 = which they will immediately outdated and we should then race to the warehouse and get a brand new windows 14, which they will ultimately not update. 10 years from now we will all have a brand new windows 20 and a storage room full of outdated windows computers.
It’s the final build. They will still do security updates.
I used to refurbish Dells and sell them on eBay. I have a stack of around 20 e6410’s and a few 65’s plus enough parts to build at least a dozen more (the screens will get a little sketchy as the good ones go 😉
So I’m kind of stuck with 10 (11 won’t work) for quite awhile. Just as long as they keep the security updates coming, their announcement about the current version being the final build was inevitible because no large manufacturer is installing 10 anymore. But 10 updates to 11 at no cost, so why not 12? That’s all my cheap @$$ cares about 😉
At least you can still update 7 COA’s to 10 at no cost long after the “official” one year period is over.
I will never need to buy a operating system again just as long as I use Dell motherboards in builds given just how many stickers I have just on a stack of touchpads and not even counting the ones on the laptops.
Generous rich capitalists don’t stoop to mention the 99% taxpayers managed via representative democracy are the lowly peasants they tax to pay this grandiose war planning bill.
There isa clear path to change this boring and repetitive play book; Balance the budget, correct trade deficits, and disallow dual citizenship for elected officials and high level department executives be they public or private.
Right on Garrett. Those weapons ain’t free to us taxpayers.
Garett, are there not several path’s?
Yes, Jay. Evolution to a more advanced form of democracy than representative democracy is right up there with a balanced budget.
Biden is very generous with our money … Meanwhile, the homeless population in the US is growing every single day..
The usa has not even a Constitution left any more!
And 30% of our population is food insecure.
And our bridges are falling down.
And people who are unable to pay their medical bills are declaring bankruptcy.
But the issue of homelessness is what enrages me the most. It’s inexcusable.
True, except for the homeless that have chosen Drug addiction, Booze addiction and pure laziness. What a great country we have! ;(
Jay, do you believe it’s easy being homeless?
I might add that many alcoholics and drug addicts live in permanent residences.
Every night when I retire I thank the Goddess for the simple good fortune of having a soft bed in a warm, comfortable home rather than trying to achieve comfort under a tarp or a bridge. Where’s your empathy?
I believe U make choices in life and you are responsible for the results of those choices. I have a load of empathy for all people that deserve it. “Goddess”,??? 🙂
I’m Pagan. Mother Nature is the closest thing to an omnipotent deity. I call her “Goddess” because she is MOTHER Nature.
Additionally, I would presume that most of the homeless are not homeless by choice. They were downsized. They lost their homes when the housing bubble burst. Not everyone is college material, Jay (even if it were affordable to them) and you’re not going to live the so-called Amerikkkan Dream working for minimum wage. BTW, rehab centers frequently have months-long waiting times.
Think about pushing about a shopping cart containing all your worldly possessions, and trying to protect yourself from predators, and rummaging through trash can seeking something edible. I believe that most homeless are NOT so by choice; life just happened to have sh*t on them.
The fact is the USA Gov. and the DC GHOULS have caused all of our problems and must be removed, and a new system installed as they are now our greatest enemy. BTW, Rehab centers IMHO are B.S.,,just like weight loss centers. USA in the final analysis is on an “Express Elevator To Hell”, and I do mean that. 🙁
I certainly can’t dispute that last sentence, Jay.
(weapons) provided directly from US military stockpiles using an authority that the US has primarily used to arm Ukraine
outdated, expiration dates expired, yesterday’s edition, stockpiles
hey “allies” did you think that you were at the top of the list?
“These extra weapons will be given to us for free and will not be deducted from the purchase list, which has been delayed by the US,” Chiu told Taiwan’s legislature,
oh you will get some free pieces of sh*t to tide you over but you will pay dearly for some real sh*t once your name comes up.
When one war just isn’t enough. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2023/05/ron-paul/nato-s-great-new-idea-lets-start-a-war-with-china/
..from the US State Department U.S. Relations With Taiwan — “we do not support Taiwan independence.” But Taiwan has declared independence and has practiced independence which is being supported by the US.
Typical gobbledy gook from the schizophrenic State Department.
Did they have to use their coupons?
No, they’re using my coupons. Funny how a government can export an unending stream of arms without asking voters what they think about sponsorship of their proxy wars.
Another proxy war, this time using the people of Taiwan Region of China as cannon fodder.
Don’t forget the willing Korean, Japanese and Filipino fodder.
It is that Burning time again for Israeli Jealousy…!
The time is now for China to “put up or shut up” or else they kneel and bow before the DC GHOULS!
Only thing Murka ever done for free was shit on somebody.
Tiawan is not a poor country.
They should pay for the weapons.
They made a lot of money selling trinkets to US citizens.
It’s all about buying allegiances.
Another word, US wants to make a new sucker out of Taiwan…!
Don’t worry. Things that are free are always in the end the most expensive. If you think that you live in a world where people who give you things have the best of intentions, you are not going to live a happy life.
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