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wikiwtf | List of US arms sales to Taiwan, 1979 - 2022.06.08
subtotal: USD 89.393B

+ 19 July 2022: USD 0.108B

Following Pentagon approval, the sale moves to the U.S. Congress for approval. If it is passed, it will become the fifth arms sale under the Biden administration and the fourth sale approved this year. Taiwan Presidential Spokesperson Zhang Dunhan said Taiwan was grateful to the U.S. government for "continuing to show great importance to Taiwan's defense needs and fulfilling its security commitments to Taiwan."

While the United States does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act it is authorized to help the democracy defend itself. Much of the previous support has included arms sales and other technical assistance and training.

total: USD 89.501B
Some in Taiwan say the Biden administration is not doing enough because recent weapons sales have focused almost entirely on logistics and support as opposed to enhancing Taiwan's combat power. Following initial news of the $108 million sale in June, the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council said the new requirements were "undermining" Taiwan's defense capability by limiting the kind of items sold.

"There appears to now be little to no U.S. support for substantial Taiwan force modernization efforts," U.S.-Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers said in the statement.
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In May, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense also said it was abandoning plans to buy 12 MH-60R anti-submarine helicopters from the United States, citing expensive costs, although some Taiwanese analysts told local media they may have been ruled as outside of the scope of "asymmetric defense." Other weapons deliveries have been delayed by the war in Ukraine and production problems, including 250 Raytheon Technologies Stinger missiles purchased by Taiwan in 2019 and M109A6 "Paladin" self-propelled howitzers, according to Taiwanese state media.

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