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China 'harpooned' by mega US missile deal with Taiwan


Completely ignoring threats from Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin, who warned the United States to stop relevant arms sales and military connections with Taiwan, the US State Department sanctioned the sale of up to 400 Boeing-produced Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

“China will take legitimate and necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests with firm determination,” Wang said — but that didn’t seem to affect the US, which also approved three major new arms deals days earlier.

All told, major thorns in the side of Beijing, which must make the next move on the Indo-Pacific chessboard.

Should the sale proceed as planned, Taiwan would have a highly survivable counter to any potential naval assault by forces from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which has in the past threatened to invade and continues to rattle its imposing military sabre, The War Zone reported.

On October 26, 2020, the US State Department notified Congress of the possible Foreign Military Sale, officially for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, since Washington has no formal relations with Taiwan’s government.



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