Tuesday, March 2, 2010

U.S. Arms Sale to Taiwan Proceeds Over China Protest

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March 1 (Bloomberg) -- A proposed U.S. sale to Taiwan of missiles, helicopters and ships valued at about $6.4 billion will go forward.

The House and Senate foreign affairs committees took no action on the proposal during the 30-day window for objection that ended yesterday, thereby allowing it to proceed in the face of protests from China.

“It’s cleared so we are moving forward to put together the paperwork that will eventually be the letter of offer to Taiwan,” Defense Security Cooperation Agency spokesman Paul Ebner said.

The U.S. Defense Department wants to sell Taiwan the most advanced Patriot anti-missile system, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. The system, valued at $2.8 billion, would add to Taiwan’s network of 22 missile sites around the country to defend against a Chinese attack.

The U.S. arms sales to the island nation have irritated China so much that it cut off military talks after the last sale was announced in October 2008
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