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Politico | Biden administration to ask Congress to approve $1.1B arms sale to Taiwan, 29 Aug
estimated USD 1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan that includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the package.
The package, which is still in an early stage, includes 60 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles for $355 million, 100 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder tactical air-to-air missiles for $85.6 million, and $655.4 million for a surveillance radar contract extension, the people said. [...]
Once the Biden administration formalizes the notification, the Democratic chair and ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee will need to sign off on the sale before it can be finalized. The lawmakers are likely to approve the sale, but the process could drag out given the ongoing congressional recess.
The Defense Post | ,  30 Aug
"In response, Taiwan has beefed up its defense preparedness, proposing to raise next year's defense budget by 13 percent to $415.1 billion Taiwan New dollars [TWD] ($13.7 billion)."

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