The US state department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4bn, the first such deal with the self-governing island since Donald Trump took office. The sale announced on Thursday will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
The sale to Taiwan comprises seven items, including technical support for early warning radar, anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and components for SM-2 missiles, according to a US official who requested anonymity to discuss the details before they were formally announced.
State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Trump administrationhad notified Congress of its intent to approve seven proposed deals now valued at around $1.42bn. Nauert said the approvals did not violate the Taiwan Relations Act that governs US contacts with the island.
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