State: No change on China policy despite Taiwan arms sale


The State Department Wednesday said that the Obama administration's latest arms sale to Taiwan indicates "no change" in U.S. policy in the region, and doesn't violate the U.S.'s "One China Policy."

The Obama administration notified Congress Wednesday of $1.83 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, the disputed Republic of China. The sale of arms to Taiwan typically rankles China, and has led the country to delay meetings with the U.S. as a result or make other token gestures of disapproval.

Asked why the administration has suddenly decided to make its first sale to Taiwan in four years, spokesman John Kirby said, "We make decisions on arms sales to Taiwan based on our assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. Period."

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