Faced with the threat of China, Taiwan will buy anti-tank weapons from the United States for 180 million dollars

Unit equipped with the Volcano system (US Army)

The US Department of State approved the sale of a system of anti tank weapons a taiwan amid the growing military threat from China. The authorities indicated that the volcano system and all related equipment would cost about 180 million dollars.

is able to spread anti-tank and anti-personnel mines from a land vehicle or helicopter. The announcement indicated that Taiwan would purchase the vehicle-carried version, the type of general-purpose weapon that many experts believe Taiwan needs most for. deter or repel a possible Chinese invasion.

In its announcement, the State Department claimed that the sale of the Volcano “serves the national, economic, and security interests of the United States by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and maintain a credible defensive capability”.

He also said that Taiwan would have “no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its military,” and that the sale “would not upset the basic military balance in the region.”

M139 Volcano mine dispenser fitted with M88 practice mine canister
Volcano anti-tank ammunition launch

Analysts differ on what Taiwan’s defense priorities should be, with some calling for big-ticket items such as advanced fighter jets.

Others advocate a more flexible force, heavily armed with ground-based missile systems to attack enemy ships, planes and landing craft. According to them, China’s overwhelming numerical advantage in personnel and equipment gives Taiwan no choice but to opt for that more “asymmetrical” approach.

The Chinese military, raising the threat of an eventual invasion, sent 71 planes and seven ships to Taiwan in a 24-hour display of force targeting the self-governing island it claims as its own territory, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The China’s military harassment of Taiwan has intensified in recent yearsalong with rhetoric from top leadership that the island has no choice but to accept eventual Chinese rule.

A Chinese J-16 fighter jet, in this undated photo provided by Taiwan's Defense Ministry.
A Chinese J-16 fighter jet, in an undated photo provided by Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense (Uncredited/)

For this reason, the People’s Liberation Army, the increasingly powerful military arm of the ruling Communist Party, he sends planes or ships to the island almost daily.

Between 6 a.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday, 47 of the Chinese planes crossed the 160-kilometer median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial border tacitly accepted by both sides, according to the Defense Ministry. .

This came after China expressed anger over Taiwan-related provisions in an annual US defense spending bill, in what has become standard Chinese practice.

China also conducted large-scale live-fire military exercises in August in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Beijing sees foreign government visits to the island as a de facto recognition of Taiwan’s independence and a challenge to China’s claim to sovereignty.

The People’s Liberation Army will continue to launch such missions until the pro-independence Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party stops “constantly provoking confrontation and enmity between the two sides,” Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Tan Kefei said in a statement. a monthly briefing held on Thursday.

“The People’s Liberation Army has always…resolutely defended national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Tan said.

Although Washington only maintains unofficial ties with Taiwan out of deference to Beijing, these include robust defense exchanges and sales of military hardware.

(With information from AP)

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