Inhofe, Menendez Praise Announcement of Taiwan Arms Package

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, praised President Trump’s announcement today of a planned $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan, the first major sale of U.S. weapons to Taiwan since President Trump took office. 

The sale includes technical support for early warning radar, anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and components for air defense missiles. This package is an important step toward fulfilling the United States’ commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). 

“Taiwan is a great friend and ally. We share common values and beliefs, as well as commitments to democracy, free trade and security,” Inhofe said.  “I strongly support President Trump’s announcement of this much needed defensive weapons sale to Taiwan. Moving forward, I encourage the administration to consider resuming the regular and routine provision of security assistance to Taiwan so they are able to maintain their self-defense capabilities.  A strong, vibrant and democratic Taiwan is in the United States’ national interest.” 

“As Taiwan’s closest international partner, I applaud the decision to deliver on our enduring commitment to the wellbeing of the people of Taiwan, to their security, and to their ability to defend and protect their future.” said Senator Menendez. “Our country has an abiding interest in the peaceful resolution of the Taiwan question, and I will continue to seek ways to make further progress in deepening the relationship between the Unites States and Taiwan that minimizes the pitfalls and maximizes the vast potential for cooperation, safety, and socioeconomic growth.”