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U.S. announces new arms sale to Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

2015/12/17 02:28:25

Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) The administration of the United States on late Wednesday (Taipei time) notified Congress of a proposal to sell Taiwan two warships and other weapons worth US$1.831 billion.

The deal includes two Perry-class frigates, AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles, stinger missiles and other equipment.

It's the fourth U.S. arms sales to the Republic of China since President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) took his office in 2008 and the third for U.S. President Barack Obama who was first sworn in early 2009.

The deal will become effective one month later.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry expressed its appreciation for the arms sale.

Military officers said that most of the weapon items in the package have long been sought for by Taiwan, describing it as deal for 'upgrading' Taiwan's weapons since Taiwan already has owned many of the arms including in the package. Taiwan's Navy currently has owned 54 AAV7 vehicles.

Especially, the Perry-class frigates, which are expected to be delivered to Taiwan around one year later, will fill the vacancy of warships left by the decommission of the two Knox-class frigates in May this year.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that U.S, arms sale has totaled US$20 billion during President Ma's tenure, the highest figure since the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act in 1979, which asks U.S. government to provide Taiwan with defensive weapons.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Bear Lee)

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