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Taiwan to discuss aid with US as Chinese warplanes approach

Taiwan's military said on Sunday it would talk to the United States about how to use funding for Taipei, which is included in a $95 billion legislative package and mainly provides assistance to Ukraine and Israel, while Chinese warplanes approach the island again.

The United States is Taiwan's most important international supporter and arms supplier, despite the absence of formal diplomatic ties. Democratically governed Taiwan has faced increasing military pressure from China, which views the island as its own territory. The Taiwanese government rejects these allegations.

The Defense Ministry thanked US lawmakers for approving the package on Saturday, citing the US' “solid” support for Taiwan.

The ministry added that it “will coordinate relevant budgetary uses with the United States through existing exchange mechanisms and work hard to strengthen combat readiness capabilities to ensure national security, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

Since 2022, Taiwan has complained of delays in deliveries of US weapons such as Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, as manufacturers focus on supplying Ukraine to help the country fight invading Russian forces. Underscoring the pressure Taiwan faces from China, the ministry said on Sunday morning that in the previous 24 hours, 14 Chinese military aircraft had crossed the sensitive median line of the Taiwan Strait.

Source: CNN Brasil

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