US defense assistance for Taiwan under sovereign state finance program for the first time

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Washington (Best Hindu News): Michael McCaul, chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, commended the Biden administration for announcing assistance for Taiwan through Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for the first time. The FMF program is usually reserved for sovereign states or international organizations.

“I am pleased that the US Administration is implementing our bipartisan Taiwan Enhanced Resilience Act by providing FMF to Taiwan,” McCaul said in a statement on Wednesday. These weapons will not only help Taiwan and protect regional democracies, but also strengthen the US deterrence posture.

McCall also said that the move would also ensure US national security against China. According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the FMF is awarded to eligible partner countries for the purchase of defense goods and services.
US officials said that the African Union is the only other non-nation state that receives military aid through the FMF. According to the report, the officials said that the move does not lead to any change in the US policy regarding Taiwan.

According to the report, the State Department informed Congress of the sale on Wednesday, although the initial sale is only $80 million of unspecified supplies, but the move is bound to anger China. Taiwan has been governed independently by China since 1949. Beijing considers it a province, while Taiwan considers itself an autonomous entity but has refrained from declaring independence. Beijing opposes any official foreign contact with Taipei and considers Chinese sovereignty over the island to be indisputable. However, the US Biden administration has also repeatedly stated that it does not consider Taiwan to be independent.

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