Why Sell Weapons To Taiwan?

Why Sell Weapons To Taiwan?
Ministry of National Defense via AP

Someday very soon the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, will receive formal approval from Washington to move ahead with its biggest purchase of U.S. arms in many years. The package includes over a hundred M1A2 tanks, hundreds of surface-to-air and anti-tank weapons, and the first U.S. fighters Taipei has bought from America since 1992.

When the 66 F-16 fighters Taiwan is purchasing are added to 144 it already owns that are being upgraded to the same “Viper” configuration, the Republic of China will have a potent air arm capable of opposing any amphibious attack or naval blockade mounted by the neighboring People's Republic of China. The People's Republic lies barely a hundred miles away across the Taiwan Strait, and as far as its leaders are concerned, Taiwan is a renegade province that must one day be reunified with the mainland.

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