The State Department on Thursday approved several weapons sales -- estimated to be worth more than $1.4 billion -- to Taiwan.
The seven approved foreign military sales are the first to the country under the Trump administration. The move is likely to provoke China, which does not accept Taiwan as a separate nation, but instead considers it part of its territory.
The deals include sales of Early Warning Radar Surveillance systems, the Joint Stand-off Weapon, torpedoes, missiles, electronic upgrades, and related parts, according to a State Department official.
“These sales primarily represent upgrades to existing defense capabilities aimed at converting current legacy systems from analog to digital,” the official said.
The official said the State Department has notified Congress of the intended deals, which comply with the Taiwan Relations Act.
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