In a statement the Pentagon said, the State Department has approved the potential sale of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems to Taiwan, in a deal worth up to $2.37 billion.
The development comes days after the State Department approved the potential sale of three other weapons systems to Taiwan, including sensors, artillery and missiles totaling to $1.8 billion.
Reacting to the move, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said, Beijing will impose sanctions on Boeing Defense, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin and other U.S. companies that it sees as being involved in the arms sales to Taiwan.
“We deplore Beijing’s efforts to retaliate against U.S. and foreign companies for their sales that support Taiwan’s legitimate self-defense requirements,” said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.
The notification of the weapons sale to the U.S. Congress by the State Department covered the proposed sale of up to 100 Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS), which includes 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles; the weapons will serve as coastal defense cruise missiles.
Warmly responding to the U.S. arms sales, Taiwan said the sales reflect the importance the United States places on the its defense.
Defending Taiwan from attacks is of “great importance” to the U.S. government.
“Facing China’s military expansion and provocation, Taiwan will continue to enhance the modernization of defense capacity and speed up asymmetric warfare capabilities,” said Taiwan in a statement.
The development comes at a time when there are growing concerns on China’s intentions towards Taiwan.
Beijing claims Taiwan to be a breakaway province. China’s has made belligerent claims against the large majority of its neighbors. In July 2, while celebrating its 160th anniversary Beijing claimed even Russia’s Vladivostok as part of its territory.