China ‘dissatisfied’ with US arms sale plan to Taipei

United States Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress on September 24 regarding a possible foreign military sale to Taipei.

The notification was made after the US State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II to provide funds for blanket order requisitions to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) for an estimated cost of $330 million.

The possible sale involves stock replenishment supply of standard spare parts, and repair/replace of spare parts in support of the F-16, C-130, F-5, Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), all other aircraft systems and subsystems, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security and defensive capability of the recipient, which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region,” the DSCA said.

However, China has expressed concern regarding the possible sale.

“The US arms sales to Taiwan severely violates the international law, the basic norms governing international relations, the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués and undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests. The Chinese side is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the US plan on arms sales to Taiwan. We have lodged stern representations with the US side on this,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on September 25.