The U.S. has approved a new shipment of weapons to Taiwan worth $1.8 billion, BBC News reported on Thursday, October 22.
The text states that according to the Pentagon, the deal includes three weapons systems, including missile launchers, detection sensors and artillery.
In particular, 135 high-precision cruise missiles, mobile rocket launchers, as well as air reconnaissance modules that can be attached to fighters will be delivered to Taiwan.
It is noted that the armament supply is likely to increase tensions between Taiwan and China.
Earlier, on August 21, it was reported that the U.S. State Department agreed to sell 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan, despite Chinese protests. In addition, on July 9, it became known that the U.S. authorities approved the sale of more than $2.2 billion worth of equipment and weapons to Taiwan.
August 21, China protested to the U.S. approval of the sale of weapons to Taiwan. Beijing has repeatedly opposed the military build-up in Taiwan, which it considers its region, and protested to the States because of cooperation with the island in the defense sector.
China and Taiwan were separated during the civil war in the 1940s, but Beijing insists the island will be returned at some point, if necessary by force. Tensions have increased in recent years after the election of Taiwan’s president Cai Inven, who is considered an enemy of Beijing.