Taiwan has agreed to purchase land-based Boeing-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles from the United States as a part of its army modernisation efforts, its defence ministry stated on Thursday.
Taiwan’s deputy defence minister Chang Che-ping stated the island ought to obtain the Harpoons in 2023.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency final week stated it has accredited a potential overseas army sale of 18 Lockheed Martin MK 48 Mod 6 superior expertise heavyweight torpedoes and associated tools for an estimated value of $180 million.
The two governments shouldn’t have official diplomatic ties, however the US is sure by legislation to offer the island with the means to defend itself, angering China which routinely denounces US arms gross sales to Taiwan.
Beijing refuses to acknowledge the sovereignty of the nation, born of a civil warfare in China that introduced Mao Zedong’s Communists to energy on the mainland in 1949. The rival Nationalists, led by Chiang Kai-shek, fled to Taiwan, about 160 kilometres off China’s east coast.
Even although Taiwan has by no means declared independence, it has its personal overseas ministry and army. A latest survey discovered that almost all of Taiwanese have an unfavourable view of China, which often pressures the island with army workouts in its neighborhood and refuses diplomatic relations with nations that recognise Taiwan.