This announcement is likely to provoke the anger of China, which considers the island as part of its territory.
The US State Department has approved a major arms sale to Taiwan for a total of $ 2.2 billion, the defense ministry said on Monday (July 8th) in a statement.
Notification of the sale, including 108 M1A2 Abrams battle tanks and 250 Stinger short-range surface-to-air missile launchers, was made at the Congress. The latter has 30 days to object, an assumption that seems unlikely.
This announcement is likely to provoke the anger of China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory. Beijing and Washington have been fighting a trade war for months.
"Serious concerns" of Beijing
Taiwan had confirmed in early June its intention to place this order of weapons with the United States. The Chinese authorities had then expressed their "Serious concerns" on this subject.
This sale will serve to "Modernize" Taiwanese equipment and "Will not affect the basic balance of military forces in the region"according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) statement, which is part of the US Department of Defense.
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory. The island is ruled by a rival regime that took refuge there after the communist takeover of the continent in 1949, after the civil war.
For its part, Washington, which broke diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979 to recognize Beijing as China's sole representative, remains the island's most powerful ally and main supplier of arms.
In fact, President Donald Trump has made no secret of his intentions to strengthen ties with Taiwan, including selling him sophisticated weapons systems.