Taiwan’s move will not only boost U.S. defence jobs, but will also help defend Taiwan from any external aggression.
In a comment aimed at countering Chinese influence, Taiwan has stated it will continue to buy U.S. arms.
The purchases will boost U.S employment in at least 6 states and narrow the bilateral trade gap.
In a statement, Taiwan’s government stated, its military purchases “have boosted the local economy of and employment in states such as Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Utah, Ohio and Pennsylvania”.
It went on to add, U.S. companies, including, Lockheed Martin Co, Raytheon Co, BAE Systems PLC, Boeing Co and Sikorsky will benefit from the purchase of its attack helicopters, missile defense systems, amphibious assault vehicles, fighter jets, and others.
The United States and Taiwan normally keep their military exchanges at a low profile given Beijing’s sensitivity over the island nation.
China has not renounced the usage of force to bring Taiwan under its control.
The U.S. is Taiwan’s biggest ally and is obliged, under U.S. law, to help defend it.
Going by the 40-page booklet released by Taiwan’s cabinet on Thursday, U.S.-Taiwan ties were a “top priority” and that the island nation was “open to any possible proposals that will strengthen U.S.-Taiwan trade relations on a fair and mutually-beneficial basis.”
During an interview with Reuters in April, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen had stated she will not rule out purchasing the F-35 fighter aircraft, the most advanced stealth jet in the U.S. arsenal, which drew an immediate reaction from China’s defense ministry which stated, China was resolutely opposed to any country selling arms to Taiwan.