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Taiwan thanks U.S. for approving $750 million howitzer sale

Taiwan thanked the United States today for agreeing to sell 40 howitzer artillery systems in a 750 million dollar deal that will help the island better defend itself from a Chinese invasion.

Taipei’s foreign ministry said Thursday it was the first major arms sale announced since President Joe Biden took office in January and would help the island, maintain a rock-solid self-defence and regional peace and stability.

The State Department approved the sale of 40 155mm M109A6 medium self-propelled howitzer artillery systems on Wednesday in a deal that will need to be approved by Congress.

Moveable howitzers would be key to halting an invasion, enabling Taiwan’s military to direct fire at incoming troop transport ships and shell landing beaches.

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