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US authorizes arms deal with Taiwan

The US has approved a potential $100 million arms deal of equipment and military services with Taiwan. Services will mainly be used to maintain and improve Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system bought from the US, the Pentagon announced on Monday. The presidential office spokesman in Taipei stated that this would be the second arms delivery by the administration of US President Joe Biden, proving the “rock-solid” commitment to Taiwan. However, the plan to obtain new Patriot missiles from the US had already been decided during Donald Trump’s term. The prime contractors are Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin, according to Pentagon data.

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