U.S. to Provide $108 Million Military Technical Assistance to Taiwan

The Pentagon announced it has approved an estimated $108 million in military technical assistance to Taiwan. Taipei has been complaining of increased military pressure from Beijing, which has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

While the United States only has unofficial diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the U.S. law requires Washington to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself. The Biden administration has promised to step up engagement with the island.

The latest military technical assistance request has come from Taiwan, including spare and repair parts for tanks and combat vehicles, and U.S. government and contractor technical and logistical support, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement that the sale would contribute to the sustainment of Taiwan’s vehicles, small arms, combat weapon systems, and logistical support items.

It would also enhance Taiwan’s military interoperability with the United States and other allies, and the island’s armed forces would have no difficulty absorbing the equipment and support.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it expected the deal to become effective within a month.

Past and present U.S. administrations have urged Taiwan to modernize its military, making it hard to swallow for China. The U.S. has recently been advocating the sale of inexpensive, mobile, and survivable “asymmetric” weapons that could outlast any initial assault by China’s larger military.

Some U.S. business groups, however, have criticized the Biden administration’s Taiwan arms sales policy, arguing it is too restrictive and fails to address challenges posed by China’s military.

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