Report: Taiwan to Buy a Least Seven Major U.S. Weapons Systems

Report: Taiwan to Buy a Least Seven Major U.S. Weapons Systems


Sources “familiar with the discussions” told Reuters on Wednesday that Taiwan will purchase up to seven major weapon systems from the United States, a “Fortress Taiwan” strategy (as the Pentagon calls it) guaranteed to enrage Communist China.

These sources said Taiwan is eager to expedite the sales because it fears Joe Biden could win the U.S. presidential election.

“Pursuing seven sales at once is a rare departure from years of precedent in which U.S. military sales to the island were spaced out and carefully calibrated to minimize tensions with Beijing,” Reuters noted.

The differences, in this case, are that tensions between the U.S. and China, and Taiwan and China, are running exceptionally high; Taiwan is keenly interested in shifting China’s aggressive military calculations to make invasion look like a losing proposition; China could be on the verge of real political instability and looking for a way to rebuild its credibility

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