Defying China, U.S. to sell new tanks, anti-aircraft missiles to Taiwan in $2B deal

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(Worthy News) - In a deal that has drawn the anger of mainland China, Taiwan has signed a multibillion-dollar weapons deal with the Trump administration for hundreds of new tanks, rockets and surface-to-air missiles, defense officials in Taipei confirmed this week.

The Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said the nation’s military will receive 100 M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, 1,240 BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles, 409 FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 250 surface-to-air Stinger missiles in the estimated $2 billion arms package.

The new Abrams tanks, built by U.S. weapons maker General Dynamics, will replace Taiwan’s aging American-made M60A3 battle tanks and the Taiwanese-manufactured M48H CM11 tank, defense officials in Taipei said. The publication Jane’s Defence first reported details of the arms deal. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]

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  1. Curious thing about Taiwan. The Taiwanese want to be free of China (and no-one can blame them), so they appeal to the U.S. ..... and since it serves the U.S. purpose to have a close presence to China, the U.S. agrees.

    But "Taiwan" is an inherited conflict ..... like Viet Nam ..... and how well did THAT turn out for the U.S.?

    Should the U.S. be involving itself to the point of military action in the affairs of foreign government conflicts. In some cases ..... I would say yes, but in others ..... NO.

    In the case of Taiwan, there's no question that Taiwan would fall if the U.S. left. But in either opinion, it's too late for the U.S. to leave. We've made our bed ..... now we have to lay in it.

    Is it any wonder why the Chinese are contrary to the U.S. in so many ways? Because from British colonialism to the Opium Wars to McArthur's desire to "walk in and take over", the Chinese have not been viewed as deserving to be a nation in its own right by anyone.

    That would make anyone somewhat angry and defensive ..... don't you think?

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