Tensions in Asia: Joe Biden to seek US Congress approval for more than $1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan

US President Joe Biden’s administration plans to ask Congress to approve a $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan amid heightened tensions with China, Politico reported Monday, citing sources.

China staged its biggest military maneuvers around Taiwan this month, following a visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said she would show US support for the island democracy.

Beijing views Taiwan as a renegade province and has not ruled out using force to bring it back to its fold.

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Reuters reported last week that an announcement by Washington to send some military equipment to Taipei could be made in the coming weeks or months.

However, three sources said the Biden administration is more concerned with fulfilling orders already issued by the island than ensuring the reliability of Taiwan’s existing military systems and bringing new military capabilities to the island. .

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There was no immediate comment from the White House on the Politico article.

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