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US to Sell More than $6 Billion in Arms to Taiwan

VOA News 29 January 2010

The Obama administration says it plans to approve more than $6 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.

The Pentagon's Defense Cooperation Security Agency says it has notified Congress of possible sales that include 60 Black Hawk helicopters and technical and other related logistics support, worth an estimated $3.1 billion.

The agency says the possible sale includes 114 Patriot advanced capability missiles, radar sets and other related equipment and services, worth $2.8 billion, two Osprey class mine-hunting ships, and other related support and services, for an estimated cost of $105 million.

In the notification released Friday, the agency detailed other military hardware and services worth $37 million.

China considers self-ruled Taiwan as its sovereign territory, and usually reacts with anger at official contacts between the island and any nation. Beijing has threatened to use military force if Taiwan attempts to claim formal independence.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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