Media reports suggest the deal will focus on anti-tank and anti-air missiles and new tanks. That figures: Those platforms would help Taiwan defend against the overwhelming air and missile attack that China would employ in any attack. The purchases would sit alongside improvements to Taiwan’s defense portfolio, such as its modernizing air force.
China, predictably, is apoplectic over the looming sale. The Chinese foreign ministry is urging “the U.S. to fully understand the high sensitivity and serious harm of the issue of arms sales to Taiwan and abide by the one-China principle.”