Trump wants major arms deliveries to Taiwan

Trump wants major arms deliveries to Taiwan

World March 18, 2017 06:21

washington - The US government intends to Taiwan to deliver a comprehensive arms package including advanced missile systems. This reported sources within the US government.

The weapon delivery is expected to be larger than the package that was put on hold at the end of his presidency by President Barack Obama. 'The political will is there to do a major arms sale,' said a government official.

Even though President Trump would like to continue the arms supply, it will probably take months before the US weapons will strengthen Taiwan's defense. Concerns about the adverse reaction from China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province, are the biggest obstacle.

Washington is particularly worried that Beijing protest against the arms supply will give lower priority restraining North Korea. On Friday, the American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson clear that the policy of 'strategic patience' with North Korea by former President Barack Obama is over. During his visit to South Korea Tillerson also said he does not rule out military action against it by Kim Jong-un led country.

Despite Washington's lack of formal relations with Taiwan the only arms supplier and also the most important political ally. Unlike his predecessors Trump questioned the traditional viewpoint of Washington that Taiwan is part of China. Later he told you to respect the so-called One China Policy.

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