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TRUMP READIES SECOND MAJOR ARMS SALE TO TAIWAN

The Trump administration is expected to soon approve another major weapons sale including drones to Taiwan, according to congressional and administration sources. The move comes as the US and Taiwan are strengthening ties and amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing, Jennifer Hansler and Ryan Browne reported for CNN.

The US is preparing to sell seven packages of weapons systems to Taiwan, a congressional aide told CNN, saying it was unclear when the Congress would be formally notified about the sales, as is required by law.


A US official said that the administration will soon formally approve a large sale of MQ-9B Reaper drones. The value of the drones and associated equipment and program support is estimated to be about $600 million. Two sources told CNN that the sale includes anti-ship missiles.


"As a matter of policy we do not comment on or confirm proposed defense sales or transfers until they have been formally notified to Congress," a State Department spokesperson said. The Pentagon declined to comment on the proposed sale. Washington has long provided arms to the island under the terms of the 40-year-old Taiwan Relations Act. Beijing has frequently chafed at those sales, calling them a violation of China's sovereignty. The country's Communist government views Taiwan as part of its territory, though the two have been governed separately since the end of a bloody civil war in 1949.



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