China and US Dispute Arms Sales to Taiwan
Beijing announced Monday, February 1, that it will be limiting its military relations with Pentagon after Washington announced Friday its first arms package for Taipei.
This latest move will hamper the relations between the two nations and the plans of the world’s largest economy to engage with Chinese military.
Beijing considers Taiwan as a breakaway province. It has opposed US arms dales to Taipei for years but this is the first time that China will be pressuring the United States by putting sanctions over the companies involve in the transaction.
The arms package includes the following items: two mine-hunting ships, 60 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters (pictured), 12 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, 114 Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile systems, and 35 ship-based communications systems. The total value is $6.392 billion.
The Pentagon said it regrets that China made such moves. The aim of the sale is to balance the military power in the region.