The Biden administration plans to make its first arms sale to Taiwan, during high tensions between the self-governed island and China.
The deal, which includes 40 self-propelled howitzers, is a sign of continued US military support despite the change in the White House.
Tensions have escalated sharply over the Taiwan Strait this year. China has sent warplanes into the island’s air defence identification zone on a near-daily basis while warning the US to stay away.
China sees the island as part of its territory and has promised to take it back by force if necessary. “The Taiwan question bears on China’s core interests,” Le Yucheng, a vice foreign minister, told Associated Press. “There is simply no room for compromise.
“China firmly opposes any form of