U.S. TO TORPEDO TAIWAN MAY 21 AT 10:55 AM
As the United States and China clash fiercely in response to the new coronavirus, the Trump administration has informed Congress of deciding to sell a new torpedo to Taiwan, further intensifying pressure on China.
The Trump administration has decided to sell taiwan for $180 million, including 18 torpedoes and equipment associated with it, and about 19 billion yen in Japanese yen, informing Congress on 20.
The Trump administration decided to sell the same torpedo in 2017, and last year decided to sell 66 new F16 fighter jets, making the decision to sell arms to Taiwan for the fourth year in a row.
The United States has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but it sells weapons under taiwan relations laws.
A State Department official told NHK that the U.S. policy of “one China” would not change, but that “the proposed sale is a prudent investment to improve the current self-defense capabilities.”
While the Trump administration is at odds with China over its response to the new coronavirus, it has urged Taiwan’s observers to attend the ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION THIS MONTH.
Mr. Pompeo also issued a statement celebrating the inauguration of President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, and expressed his willingness to strengthen relations with Taiwan.
Against this, china’s backlash is expected in a way that has intensified pressure by deciding to sell new weapons to Taiwan, which China opposes.