Official: US approves 1st arms sale to Taiwan under Trump


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 Official: US approves 1st arms sale to Taiwan under Trump

In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a year-end speech during an international press conference at the presidential office, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan. President Tsai urged China to engage in "calm and rational" dialogue to maintain peace, vowing not to give in to Beijing's recent moves to "threaten and intimidate" the self-ruled island. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that the State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.3 billion.

It is the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office. The sale will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory.

Congress was notified of the sale Thursday. Lawmakers have 30 days to object.

The U.S. official was not authorized to speak publicly about the sale before it was formally announced and requested anonymity.

The sale comprises seven items, including technical support for early warning radar, anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and components for SM-2 missiles.

The U.S. is legally obligated to sell weapons to Taiwan for its self-defense.

The last U.S. arms sales to Taiwan were announced in December 2015.

By: Associated Press

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