HomeIndian DefenceUS approves first-ever military aid to Taiwan under program normally used for...

US approves first-ever military aid to Taiwan under program normally used for sovereign states

Washington: U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has approved a military transfer to Taiwan under the Foreign Military Financing, or FMF, program normally used for sovereign states, according to a notification sent to Congress.

The notification, which was seen by Reuters on Wednesday, informs congressional committees of the State Department’s intention to obligate up to $80 million in FMF funds in support of Taiwan.

“FMF will be used to strengthen Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities through joint and combined defense capability and enhanced maritime domain awareness and maritime security capability,” the notification said.

Taiwan’s defense ministry expressed its thanks, but said it had no comment on the details of the aid, noting that the United States has already been helping strengthen the island’s combat capabilities under existing policies and laws.

The Taiwan notification was first reported by the Associated Press.

Representative Michael McCaul, Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was glad the administration was “finally” providing FMF to Taiwan.

“These weapons will not only help Taiwan and protect other democracies in the region, but also strengthen the U.S. deterrence posture and ensure our national security from an increasingly aggressive CCP (Chinese Communist Party),” McCaul said in a statement.

FMF, the largest military assistance account managed by the State Department, provides primarily grant assistance to foreign governments for the purchase of U.S. defense equipment and military training under the Foreign Military Sales program.

A State Department official confirmed the notification to Congress and said the decision to provide Taiwan with FMF assistance did not reflect any change in U.S. policy.

Beijing claims the democratically governed island as its own territory, and warns against any forms of “official exchanges” between Washington and Taipei. Taiwan rejects China’s sovereignty claims and says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future.

China has repeatedly complained to the United States about military aid and sales to the island. Its defense ministry has said the U.S. military must stop all forms of “military collusion” with the island.

The United States, Taiwan’s most important arms supplier, last month announced a Taiwan weapons aid package worth up to $345 million.

Last week, the United States also approved a possible $500 million sale to Taiwan of infrared search and track systems for F-16 fighter jets, as well as other equipment.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle in Washington; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Gerry Doyle)

Source link
#approves #firstever #military #aid #Taiwan #program #sovereign #states



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat


Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: India can be a hub for making submarines in the APAC region, says Thyssenkrupp exec

India can be a submarine-making hub in the Asia Pacific region, said a top executive at Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), which claims to be...

DRDO: Made in India Netra, Pinaka Systems attract European, Southeast Asian interest

At the Eurosatory 2024 Defence Show in Paris, India's indigenous military technologies, including the Netra airborne early warning and control aircraft and the Pinaka...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

AMCA to be integrated with sophisticated indigenous Distributed Aperture System (DAS) that making it a formidable air asset for the Indian Air Force

Source : IgMp Bureau India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is on the brink of a revolutionary transformation with the integration of a sophisticated Distributed...

AMCA to incorporate the best features of both 5th and 6th Generation fighters: ADA sources

Source : IgMp Bureau India's strides toward indigenous air dominance receive a substantial boost with the green signal for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA)...

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months


Chartist Talks | Coal India charts extremely bullish, PFC deeply overbought, says Milan Vaishnav of Gemstone

Power Finance Corporation is overbought on both daily and weekly charts, says Milan Vaishnav of Gemstone. Source link

Boundary settlement process should not stall ties with India: China

Beijing: China on Friday said the "settlement process" of the boundary issue should not influence the normal development of ties with India, including trade...

US calls on China to stop ‘provocative and unsafe’ acts in South China Sea

Source : Asian News International (ANI) US calls on China to stop ‘provocative and unsafe’ acts in South China Sea Washington : The United States called...

Indian Navy to showcase twin carrier operations with Rajnath Singh on board

Source : Hindustan Times New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh will witness twin carrier operations of the Indian Navy during the top Naval Commanders Conference...
error: Content is protected !!