U.S. Defies Chinese Communists, Sells Black Hawk Helicopters and Patriot Missiles to Taiwan
Twenty-one years ago the United States and Taiwan agreed to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which states that the US will supply Taiwan with arms to defend itself against a attack from mainland China. On January 29, 2010, the United States approved a $6.4 billion sale of military defense equipment to Taiwan that included 60 Black Hawk helicopters worth $3.1 billion and 114 Patriot Missiles worth $2.82 billion. The move is comparable to former President George W. Bush’s $6.6 billion arms sale to Taiwan in 2008, which featured Apache helicopters and Patriot III anti-missile missiles.
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