US Announces $345M Taiwan Military Aid Package

    US Announces $345M Taiwan Military Aid Package
    Last updated Jul 29, 2023
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    • On Friday, the US announced a new $345M military aid package for Taiwan.
    • While the White House didn't elaborate on the package's details, the aid is expected to include "defence [sic] articles," military education and training, portable air defense systems, small arms munitions, and reconnaissance equipment.
    • The historic military aid will reportedly come from existing US reserves rather than from purchases through the foreign military sales program, allowing it to be delivered on a faster-than-usual timeline.
    • Elements of the package "address critical defensive stockpiles, multi-domain awareness, anti-armor, and air defense capabilities," a Pentagon spokesperson said, adding that the capabilities will enable Taiwan "to bolster deterrence now and in the future."
    • The package is in addition to nearly $19B in military sales of F-16s and major weapons systems — including the Harpoon over-the-horizon long-range anti-ship missiles — that the US had approved for Taiwan in 2019. However, delivery has been delayed due to supply chain issues.
    • Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington has warned that the US should stop selling arms to Taiwan and "stop creating new factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait."


    Anti-China narrative

    The latest military aid package is crucial as China takes an increasingly aggressive stance toward the self-ruled island. Any conflict in the region would gravely weaken the US' position and allow the PRC to take one step further towards global hegemony, which is why Washington must speed up the delivery of weapons to help the island defend itself.

    Pro-China narrative

    Though the US doesn't officially recognize Taiwan, it wants to boost its defenses just to weaken the one-China principle it claims to acknowledge. Under the pretense of providing self-defense, Washington is turning Taiwan into an ammunition depot, creating more volatility in the region.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 60% chance that the US will respond with military force if China invades Taiwan before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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