After Missile Deal, US Approves $2.4 Billion Sale Of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defence Systems To Taiwan

After Missile Deal, US Approves $2.4 Billion Sale Of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defence Systems To TaiwanUS President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Representative Image) (Pic via Twitter) 

Undeterred by Chinese objections over continued arms sales by the United States (US) to Taiwan, the Trump administration has approved a $2.4 billion sale of 100 lethal Harpoon coastal defence systems to the Island nation, reports Hindustan Times.

The development comes even as China had announced that it would sanction several US-based arms and weapons manufacturing majors involved in a previous $1 billion missile deal with Taiwan which was announced last week.

The 100 Harpoon systems developed by Boeing Defence would comprise of 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block-II surface-launched missiles with a range of 125 km.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's office has also expressed confidence that the sale would "upgrade asymmetric warfare capabilities" of the Island nation which the Jinping led Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims as Chinese territory in entirety.

The CCP regime has repeatedly urged the US to call-off such arms sales plans involving Taiwan so as to not cause further damage to the Sino-US ties and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.