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US State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan in a move that will likely anger China

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  • The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.
  • China has warned the US against arms sales to the self-ruled island in order to avoid harming bilateral relations.
  • The US is the main arms supplier to Taiwan, which China deems a renegade province.
  • Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday, despite Chinese criticism of the deal.

China's Foreign Ministry said last month when the possible sale was first reported that it was seriously concerned about U.S. arms sales to self-ruled Taiwan, and it urged the United States to halt the sales to avoid harming bilateral ties.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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