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The Taiwanese government welcomed the US State Department's latest approval of arms sales involving three batches of weapons systems and said it believes the deals will strengthen Taiwan's defense capabilities, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported. 

"The foreign ministry received formal notice from the US government regarding the arms sales," ministry spokesman Joanne Ou said during a regular press briefing, Emerson Lim and Wen Kuei-hsiang reported for CNA. Taiwan will continue to work with like-minded countries on maintaining peace and prosperity in the region, she said. According to Ou, this would be the 8th round of arms sales by the US government to Taiwan under President Donald Trump. 

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) officially notified the US Congress of the possible deals -- worth a total of $1.81 billion -- on Wednesday after they were approved by the State Department, according to press releases published by the DSCA on its website. 

The packages include 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missiles, 11 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) M142 Launchers, 6 MS-110 Recce Pods, and related equipment.  Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang expressed appreciation to the US government for helping Taiwan strengthen its defense capabilities in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the Six Assurances. The TRA, a US domestic law that defines Washington's substantial relations with Taipei, stipulates that the US will make available to Taiwan defense articles and services to enable Taiwan to maintain sufficient self-defense capabilities. On the other hand, the Six Assurances, made by then-US President Ronald Reagan to Taiwan in 1982, pledges not to set a date for ending arms sales to Taiwan and not to consult with China on arms sales to Taiwan.

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