Due to the growing tensions with China, Politico reported on Monday that the Biden administration plans to ask the US Congress to approve sending 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles to Taiwan. This would cost $1.1 billion.
This month, after Nancy Pelosi went to the democratically run island, China held its biggest war games there. Beijing hasn’t said for sure that it won’t use force to take over the island.
On Monday, China said that Taiwan’s claims that drones were being used to harass Taiwanese-controlled islands were “nothing to make a fuss about.” This led Taipei to call Beijing a thief.
Help from the US to Taiwan
Reuters reported last week that there are things in Taiwan’s approval process that could be announced in the coming weeks or months. Both President Joe Biden’s administration and American politicians have stressed that they will continue to support the Taipei government.
Three sources who did not want to be named because of the nature of the situation said that the focus will instead be on keeping Taiwan’s current military systems running and carrying out orders, rather than adding new capabilities that are more likely to make already tense relations with China worse.
The White House did not respond right away when asked for a response to the Politico report.