The US government has notified Congress of a proposed $ 1.8 billion sale of advanced weapon systems to Taiwan.
According to many analysts, the move will increase tensions with Beijing.
According to the notice, the State Department has approved the sale of 135 Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) and related material worth more than $ 1 billion, 11 High Launchers M142 Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems ( HIMARS) for an estimated value of $ 436.1 million and six Recce Pod MS-110s for an estimated value of $ 367.2 million.
In a briefing from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, spokesman Zhao Lijian said US actions undermine Chinese sovereignty.
The United States has for many years been supplying advanced weapons and defense systems to the island under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act.
During the Trump administration, there was an increase in arms sales to Taiwan. In the past, the US has sold over $ 13 billion worth of weapons, including dozens of F-16s, M1A2T Abrams tanks, and anti-aircraft and anti-missile equipment.
Tensions between Taiwan and China are mounting following Beijing’s increasingly harsh approach to Hong Kong. In recent weeks, the Chinese Air Force has stepped up forays into the air defense identification zone around the island.