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U.S. Approves New Military Sale to Taiwan, Drawing China's Ire

  • Sale is smallest stand-alone weapons package since 2007
  • Move may stoke tensions as Trump fights trade war with China
U.S. Approves New Military Sale to Taiwan, Risking China's Ire
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The U.S. approved the sale of military equipment to Taiwan on Monday, drawing China’s ire as tensions escalate between the world’s two largest economies.

Taiwan welcomed the package, estimated by the Pentagon to be worth $330 million, which was proposed by its government last year and includes spare parts for F-16, C-130 and indigenous defense fighter aircraft. It represents the smallest stand-alone offering to the self-ruled island since President George W. Bush approved a $125 million sale of anti-ship missiles in 2007, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.