On Tuesday, the United States State Department has approved a possible $8 billion F-16 fighter jet sale to Taiwan, said the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in an official notification to Congress.
The sale started considered would be for 66 aircraft, 5 general electric co-engines, and other system, said the agency in a statement. It continued that the sale has also served the United States economic, national, and security interest, which would aid Taiwan to maintain a credible defence.
China has condemned the widely discussed sale, which is considered as one of the biggest yet by the US to Taiwan, considered by Beijing as a renegade province. Therefore, it has warned of undefined “countermeasures”.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, who is a Republican, has greeted the proposed sale of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets.
Mr. Risch said in a recent statement that “these fighters are critical to improving Taiwan’s ability to defend its sovereign airspace, which is under increasing pressure from the People’s Republic of China.”
On Monday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told sources that President Donald Trump had notified Congress of the last week’s sale.
Mr. Pompeo told sources that the fighter jet sale was “consistent with past US policy” and that the United States was “simply following through on the commitments we’ve made to all of the parties.”