US State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Marines bombard through a live fire range using M1A1 Abrams tanks in Djibouti, Africa during a training exercise.

US Marine Corps

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.

China’s Foreign Ministry said last month when the possible sale was first reported that it was seriously concerned about U.S. arms sales to self-ruled Taiwan.

The sale of the weapons requested by Taiwan, including 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, would not alter the basic military balance in the region, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

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