Taiwan defends US arms deal after China threatens threat

New Delhi: Taiwan defended a proposed $ 2.2 billion US weapons purchase from the US, following a Chinese announcement to impose sanctions on any US company involved in the business.
The Taiwan Defense Ministry said in a statement yesterday that US weapons are helping to strengthen Taiwanese self-defense in light of the growing military threat from China.
China said the sale of arms would undermine its sovereignty and national security and impose sanctions on all US companies involved in the deal.
The Trump administration announced the proposed sale earlier this week. This would include 108 Abrams tanks and 250 Stingera earth-to-air missiles.
China considers Taiwan part of its territory. The self-governing island was separated from the mainland during the civil war in 1949.

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