In a contract with a potential worth of up to $2.37 billion, the U.S. State Department approved the proposed sales to Taiwan of 100 Boeing Manufactured Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems, according to the Pentagon, on Monday.
This movement takes place just days after Taiwan’s State Department accepted the proposed selling of three other arms systems, including sensors, missiles, and artillery, which could cost a total of $1.8 billion and threaten China with sanctions.
Chinese military spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said that on Monday China will place sanctions on Lockheed Mardin, Boeing Military, Raytheon, and other U.S. firms it claims are engaged in the sales of weapons to Taiwan.
‘We lament the actions of Beijing to repress the US and international firms for sales endorsing the legal self-defense provisions of Taiwan,’ the United States said. Speaker Morgan Ortagus of the State Department said in a declaration.
The State Department’s official reports to Congress include the planned selling to up to 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS), including the 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Surface Block II Launched Cruise missiles, on Monday.
Taiwan said that weapons sales proved the security of the island was “perfect to the U.S.”
“Taiwan will begin to improve defense capability modernization and step up asymmetrical warfare in the face of Chinese military expansion and aggression,” it announced in a statement.
The State Department submitted Capitol Hill notices for the first weapons distribution trench, including truck-based Lockheed rocket shell, SLAM-ER missile, and associated equipment and external sensor caps for F-16 jets, the Standoff Ground Attack Missile Extended Response (SLAM-ER).
In September, Reuters announced that Taiwan was first selling large arms systems through the US export process.
The official correspondence allows Congress 30 days to deny all purchases, although this is impossible in view of Taiwan’s strong bipartisan support.
The United States is making moves as China is being lobbied against the Trump administration in the run-up to the presidential election on Nov 3. Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province which, if possible, he has promised to “reunite” with the mainland.