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Taiwan’s New US Weapons Can Reach Mainland China

The State Department approved an arms sale to Taiwan on Wednesday that includes weapons capable of striking mainland China’s coastal areas. It is the first time since Washington cut off diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979 that the US is providing the island with meaningful offensive weapons systems.

The $1.8 billion package includes 135 AGM-84H cruise missiles with a striking range of more than 168 miles (270km), and 11 truck-based rocket launchers along with 64 missiles that can reach up to 186 miles (300km). The sale also includes sensor pods for Taiwan’s fighter jets.

Mei Fu-hsing, director of the Taiwan Security Analysis Center, a New York-based think tank, told The South China Morning Post that the offensive nature of the weapons is a “breakthrough” for Taiwan.

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