China Beware – Trump Sells Taiwan First Offensive Weapons in Four Decades


In its eighth arms sales package to Taiwan in just four years, the Trump administration is including, for the first time in forty years, offensive weapons that can reach targets on the Chinese mainland. Until now it has been U.S. policy to only sell the democratic island nation defensive weapons in order to not provoke China.

However, President Trump appears to be taking the gloves off as Beijing has become increasingly belligerent and threatening toward Taipei.

These Chinese threats have included significantly ramped up naval, air, and military drills in and around Taiwanese waters by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), many of them specifically focused on amphibious assaults and invasion tactics. The offensive U.S weapons sales are a direct response to these increased invasion threats.

Chieh Chung, a national security researcher at the National Policy Foundation in Taipei said, according to Inkstone News, “The PLA is tipped to increase its amphibious and landing capability between 2025 and 2035, which would threaten Taiwan. By offering those weapons, they could help increase Taiwanese [capability in terms of] striking distance and hitting moving targets during PLA landing attacks.”

The latest $1.8 billion arms package includes 135 air-launched AGM-84H cruise missiles with a range of more than 168 miles as well as 11 mobile, land-based High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers armed with 64 Army Tactical Missile System (ATMS) missiles that can hit targets at a distance of 186 miles with a 500-pound warhead, bringing many Chinese coastal military installations easily into range.

“This is a breakthrough in US arms sales for Taiwan,” said Mei Fu-hsing, director of the Taiwan Security Analysis Center, in New York. Combined with the U.S. sale of 66 of the latest F-16V “Viper” jet fighters, Taiwan will be the first U.S. ally to carry AGM-84H cruise missiles using F-16Vs.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is clearly not happy with these U.S. military sales. On Thursday, noted Inkstone News, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian lashed out at Washington for “seriously violating the “one-China principle.”


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Jim stevralia
1 month ago

 “seriously violating the “one-China principle.” what does foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian mean by THE? He stands corrected, he means HIS or OUR or PRC’s but certainly not the global THE

Alan
Alan
1 month ago

How about the following by way of response.Tell China to “take a long walk on a short pier”

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan

My 7th grade (1961 – 62) teacher, Sr Ellen Patricia, used to say that to class smart asses…

david
david
1 month ago

Trump may be arrogant, conceited, and even obnoxious in his speech, (like many
New York/Jersey “Boys”), but he’s got the huevos and the brains to deal with the Chinese Communists in terms they can sweat. I like the Man for what he does, and he’s done a lot. Extending the tactical reach of Taiwan to Mainland China and giving her superior air defense capabilities makes her a scorpion, not to be screwed with, unless at considerable cost. Donald is smart and he can be crafty, and that is why he will earn another 4 years.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Yup, one China, which is to say that Red China is a breakaway province soon to be recovered by the legitimate (Nationalist) Chinese Government in Taipei. In other words, Exie Jing-Ping, double or nothing!

Mel
Mel
1 month ago

China has killed over 230,000 Americans and they need to pay. When is the last war China was even in? 1950’s…..japan kicked their ass last time. Beware what you ask for china

rand a haapapuro
rand a haapapuro
30 days ago

time to tell bejing to go to 7734. Mao is long dead and his Utopia never came about.It s time the leaders of his new order got a dose of reality.They cannot and do not rule the south china seas. their plans fo0r expansion into that area are doomed to fail and any actions into that area will be met with STRONG force. We finally have a Pres that has the GONADS to stand up to them and not back down. Trump will tell them in no uncertain terms to leave the area or get your butt kicked out.they can share the wealth or loose their their peace of the pie totally, their call.

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