The US will supply Taiwan with 400 Harpoon missiles totaling over $ 2 billion to defend against China. This is reported by the Associated Press with reference to a statement by the State Department.
“The United States maintains an unwavering interest in maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and views Taiwan's security as central to security and stability in the wider Indo-Pacific region,” US diplomats said. It is noted that the total amount of the approved delivery of anti-ship missile systems will be 2.37 billion. At the same time, Washington believes that the deal will not change the balance of power in the region.
In September, China conducted exercises near the Taiwan Strait, during which PLA aircraft approached Taiwan from different directions: the southwest, west, northwest and north of the island. The Chinese Global Times noted that they should be viewed not as a warning, but as a rehearsal for the capture of Taiwan. The exercise is believed to be a reaction to a visit to Taiwan by US Deputy Chief of State Keith Krach.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the last parliamentary elections in Taiwan on January 11, 2020, and its leader Tsai Ing-wen again won a landslide victory in the presidential elections on the same day. The ruling party, like Tsai herself, advocate the independence of the island.
The threat of a Chinese invasion prevents Taiwan from declaring independence – the PRC considers unification with Taiwan to be its “fundamental interest.” In March 2005, China passed a law on the use of military force against the island if it declares independence. At the same time, it contains vague wording: a decision will be made if all other possibilities are exhausted.
Beijing has not controlled Taiwan since 1949, when after losing the civil war, the Communists fled there and presented the Kuomintang party. At the same time, the PRC continues to consider the island as its part.