US announces $2.4 bn sale of coastal defense systems to Taiwan

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Monday announced it had approved a $2.4 billion sale of 100 Harpoon coastal defense systems to Taiwan, a move sure to anger Beijing following Washington’s $1 billion missile deal last week with the self-ruled island.The proposed sale of the Harpoon systems “will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance… and progress in the region,” the State Department said in a statement.The deal involves 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS), which includes 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface L…

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