On Tuesday China demanded that the US must cancel a prospective $2.2 billion arms deal with independent Taiwan.
The arms sale include anti-aircraft missiles and battle tanks. China stated that this must be done to elude damaging relations.
This comes whilst tensions are already high, due to the trade war between Beijing & Washington.
This deal would be the 1st high-dollar military sale from the US to the self-governed island in many decades.
The DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency) stated that the deal includes 250 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles which are portable, 108 M1A2T Abrams Tanks as well as support & related equipment.
The DSCA added that the prospective sale would be a contribution to modernize Taiwan’s principal battle tank fleet, whilst improving their air defense system.
It would also support the national security & foreign policy of the USA by assisting to improve Taiwan’s defensive capability & security.
The agency stated that this deal would not change the region’s basic military balance, whilst the Congress received a notification. USA lawmakers now will have 30 days for objection to the deal, although it is highly unlikely.
Formal complaints were lodged by China via diplomatic channels. China expressed its resolute opposition and strong dissatisfaction with the sale as per Geng Shuang, spokesperson for the foreign ministry.
Shuang stated that the prospective sale will be seriously violating the principle of one-China, whilst it will be crudely interfering in China’s internal affairs.
China urged the USA to cancel the prospective arms deal instantaneously and put an end to their Taipei military relations to elude causing damage to the Sino-US relations & damaging peace & stability within the Taiwan Strait.
After a Civil War of 1949 The Status of Taiwan:
After a civil war during 1949, Taiwan was ruled independently from China. However, Beijing still deems it as part of their country to recapture and if needed, by force.
After President Tsai Ing-wen’s election during 2016 China has stepped up military & diplomatic pressure on Taipei. The Democratic Progressive Party of Tsai Ing-wen denies the acknowledgment that Taiwan forms a region of One China.
China held military exercises near Taiwan, whilst Chinese gradually decreased the number of nations which recognize the island.
During 1979, the USA shifted its diplomatic recognition away from Taiwan focusing on China. However, they had remained both an arms supplier and an important ally to Taipei.
Congress passed laws during 1979 which necessitated Washington to supply Taiwan with means to defend themselves.
However, the US was wary to make high-dollar military equipment deals with Taiwan during recent years, to avoid Beijing’s anger.
Obsolete Equipment: Taiwan
However, President Donald Trump’s administration which is engaged in a current trade war with the Chinese, pursued the strengthening of ties with Taiwan, whilst they are appearing more receptive to sell military equipment.
According to a statement of the foreign ministry of Taiwan, they are forming the frontline of the ambitious expansion of China, whilst facing major pressure and threats from Beijing.
When it comes to the number of troops & firepower, Taiwan would be enormously trashed when any conflict occurs with China. Therefore, Taiwan aspired to upgrade their obsolete military equipment, particularly its air force.
The arms deal of M1A2 tanks & diverse missiles will assist them in increase their defensive capabilities significantly.
The portable Stinger missiles can be moved quickly by soldiers on the ground. It would also increase Taiwan’s ability to counteracting the Chinese warplanes & armour significantly when an invasion is launched.
The Taiwanese Army spokesperson, Lieutenant-General Yang Hai-ming said to reporters that the M1A2 tanks which are highly reliable will form an essential part when it comes to ground defense.