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Taiwan welcomes potential US policy shift in military sales

07 June 2018

Taiwan has welcomed a potential shift in policy by the United States government to facilitate military sales to the country on a case-by-case basis as opposed to the current approach of ‘bundling’ several defence deals together.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Taipei said in comments reported by the state-owned Central News Agency on 5 June that any US transition to approving Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requests separately would improve its ability to plan and budget military modernisation requirements.

The MND made the comments in response to a US government official’s comments to Reuters recently that Washington aimed to change the way it approaches military sales requests from Taiwan and address them on a case-by-case basis as opposed to packaging them together.

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