Topics

China
U.S. moves closer to sale of frigates to Taiwan; Beijing protests
U.S. moves closer to sale of frigates to Taiwan; Beijing protests

President Obama has signed a measure allowing the U.S. government to sell four used frigates to Taiwan, the Defense Ministry in Taipei said Friday. The news prompted an angry response from China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory and resents foreign efforts to boost the self-ruled island's military. The White House's approval Thursday of the Naval Vessel Transfer Act, authorizing sales of the excess ships, gives Taiwan a shot at arranging its first purchase of American-made military equipment in three years. The Perry-class guided missile frigates would replace vessels that have been used for 20 years, analysts said. But China’s Foreign Ministry said Friday...

Loading