Taiwan thanks Biden administration for arms sale

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwan Presidential Office spokesperson Xavier Chang (張惇涵) thanked the U.S. government on Thursday for its recently proposed US$750 million (around NT$20.8 billion) weapons sale to Taiwan.

Taiwan government expresses its sincere gratitude to the Biden administration for fulfilling its commitments to the “Taiwan Relations Act” and the “six assurances,” Chang said.

He added that this is the first time U.S. President Joe Biden has sold arms to Taiwan since he took office, which fully demonstrates that the U.S. government attaches great importance to Taiwan’s defense capabilities.

Chang remarked that in providing defensive weapons, the U.S. helps Taiwan strengthen its self-defense capability, which also makes Taiwan more capable and confident in ensuring peace and regional security in the Taiwan Strait.

He emphasized that Taiwan will continue to deepen cooperation with countries with similar ideas such as the United States and firmly contribute to the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait as well as the prosperity and development of the Indo-Pacific region.

The new arms sale deal proposed by the U.S. government will include 40 M109A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer Systems and related equipment.