The White House has officially notified the US Congress of the decision to deliver 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan in the amount of $ 8 billion. It is specified that the deal also involves the supply of spare parts and related equipment.
In early June, it was reported that the Pentagon and the State Department had informally notified the US Congress of a possible arms deal with Taiwan. The contract was supposed to include 108 tanks, 1240 anti-tank missiles TOW-II, 409 anti-tank missiles Javelin and 250 complexes Stinger. Also, F-16 fighters can enter it. The deal could lead to further escalation of the US-China trade conflict – Beijing has already protested over US-Taiwan military cooperation.
The US legislative branch has 30 days to study a new military contract and its possible blocking. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has already said that Beijing will take retaliatory measures to protect its interests in the event of a deal to supply fighter aircraft to Taiwan.