Taiwan Scraps Deal to Buy us Anti-Submarine Helicopters

INTERNATIONAL

The island nation ‘Taiwan’ opted out to purchase 12 Seahawk choppers - anti-submarine helicopters - from the United States of America. But the plan was dropped off because they are too expensive.

The nation prioritizes lower cost, more mobile weaponry to counter any threat from China. Taiwan has shifted to a "porcupine" strategy that seeks to equip the island to repel an attack from a far larger Chinese military. The nation’s 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion from China, which views the democratic island as its territory.

The Russia-Ukraine war has led to a shortage of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, while production line issues were delaying delivery of M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers.

Earlier in 2019, the United States agreed to sell Taiwan 250 Stinger missiles worth more than $2.2 billion which sparked a protest by China. Washington has remained a key ally and leading arms supplier to Taiwan despite switching diplomatic ties to Beijing in 1979.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • Taiwan dropped off a deal to buy 12 Seahawk choppers - anti-submarine helicopters - from the United States of America because they are too expensive.
  • The nation’s 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion from China, which views the democratic island as its territory.
  • Earlier in 2019, the United States agreed to sell Taiwan 250 Stinger missiles worth more than $2.2 billion which sparked a protest by China.

   Facts to know:

  • Capital of Taiwan: Taipei City.
  • Currency of Taiwan: New Taiwan dollar.
  • Officially known as the Republic of China.

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