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  • A new weapons sale to Taiwan

  • Could destroy half of any Chinese invasion force

  • And China is not happy

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris Chappell.

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  • The Trump Administration has  announced plans for a huge  

  • new weapons sale to Taiwanworth 2.4 billion dollars.

  • And if you're saying, hey Chris, didn't you just  report that last week? No, you're confusing this  

  • week's 2.4 billion dollar weapons sale with  last week's 1.8 billion dollar weapons sale.

  • In fact, the Trump Administration has been  selling so many weapons to Taiwan lately,  

  • it's getting a bit hard to keep up.

  • This is the second arms deal in  a week and the ninth approved by  

  • the State Department since Donald  Trump became president in 2017.

  • But this isn't just up to the State DepartmentArms deals also need to be approved by Congress.  

  • So these two latest weapons sales have  been sent to Congress for a 30-day review

  • It shouldn't be a problem, since there  is bipartisan support for arming Taiwan.

  • And this latest weapons sale is a doozy

  • It, “includes 400 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, 100  launcher transporters, radar and support systems.”

  • The Harpoon anti-ship missile is a subsonic  weapon with a range of about 78 miles.  

  • It's not just an anti-ship missile though. It  can also strike missile launch sites or ports.  

  • Taiwan already has Harpoon missilesbut those are launched from submarines,  

  • ships and aircraft. This new one is a land-based  system that basically fills in the gaps

  • So, should a Chinese invasion force  come across the Strait of Taiwan,  

  • the Harpoon missiles would be able to strike  Chinese invasion forces, as well as the ports  

  • they're launched from, and any of the hundreds of  missiles China has permanently aimed at Taiwan.

  • The Chinese Communist Party is  obviously very upset that the US is  

  • mucking up their invasion plans for  Taiwan. China has said it will impose  

  • sanctions on US defense manufacturers  Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon.

  • These companies probably aren't too  worried, though. Lockheed says that  

  • China providesconsiderably less  than 1%” of the company's revenue.

  • And while Boeing does a lot of business in China,  

  • the Chinese sanctions would only be on Boeing's  defense unit, which does not do business there

  • I mean, China wouldn't want to  sanction the entire company, because  

  • China kind of needs all of the planes  that Boeing is building for them.

  • MeanwhileChina's defence  ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang  

  • said the US arms sale to Taiwan could not  work and would only lead to a dead-end.”

  • And he's right. It will lead to a dead  end. For any Chinese invasion force.

  • Taiwan is saying the new weapons  would give it the capability  

  • to destroy half of any invading Chinese force.

  • What about the other half? I guess  that'll be America's job. Maybe.

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Taiwan Arms Sale Could ‘Destroy Half of Any Chinese Invasion Force’

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