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US Commits $340m in Game-Changing Military Aid to Taiwan

The United States is set to announce a significant military aid package for Taiwan, worth around $340 million, according to an anonymous US official. The package will include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, as well as small arms munitions. There is a possibility that other items may be included. The exact timing of the announcement is yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be made soon, possibly even today.

China, which considers Taiwan as part of its own territory, will undoubtedly react strongly to this move. The country has stated that it is prepared to take control of the island by force if necessary. The US decision to supply military aid to Taiwan draws parallels with the assistance given to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in 2022. Congress has authorized the president to access aid for Taiwan from American military resources. The 2023 defense spending bill specifically grants the president the power to make use of the Department of Defense’s stocks, as well as their defense services and military education and training facilities. This allows for the aggregation of up to $1 billion per fiscal year.

This method of sourcing aid is much faster compared to ordering new equipment from defense contractors. The United States already has surplus equipment in storage and can provide it to Taiwan more swiftly than producing new items. The aim of the military aid is to strengthen Taiwan’s defense capabilities and act as a deterrent against a possible invasion from China. China has been escalating its military activities around the island in recent years, with near-daily incursions of warplanes and naval vessels.

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