Taiwan thanks US for latest arms package

The Presidential Office has thanked the United States for approving arms sales totaling US$1.42 billion.

The move came Friday, a day after the Trump administration notified Congress of the sale. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the sale is in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) passed in 1979. Under the TRA, Washington is required to provide Taiwan with defensive weapons. Nauert also said Washington's one China policy remains unchanged.

Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang said Taiwan welcomes the decision.

The US government provides Taiwan with defensive weapons and assists Taiwan in building strong defensive capabilities. This means Taiwan has greater ability and confidence in safeguarding the status quo of cross-strait peace and stability. [Arms sales] allow Taiwan to continue seeking meaningful dialogue with Beijing and promote positive development for both sides. We believe this is what the international community also wants," said Huang.

The package is the first arms sale to Taiwan since President Trump took office in January.

Source: Radio Taiwan International