Beijing threatens “countermeasures” if the arms sale package to Taiwan just approved is not canceled
The United States will sell $ 1.1 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan. The Washington Post reports explaining that the Biden Administration has formally informed Congress of this intention. The weapons that will be sold include 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles for 355 million and 100 Sindewinder air-to-air missiles for 85.6 million, as well as 655.4 million for the extension of a contract for radar surveillance. This is the fifth and most important arms sale to Taiwan by the Biden administration, the US newspaper emphasizes. The news of the sale was confirmed by the Pentagon, which specified that the decision was approved by the State Department. The news comes as China continues to send ships and aircraft carriers to the Taiwan Strait, after the visit of the Speaker of the US House, Nancy Pelosi. Beijing reacted immediately to the announcement of the sale: China will take “legitimate and necessary countermeasures in light of the evolution of the situation,” said the spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington Liu Pengyu.