The US is preparing to sell seven packages of weapons systems to Taiwan, a congressional aide told CNN, saying it was unclear when the Congress would be formally notified about the sales, as is required by law.
A US official said that the administration will soon formally approve a large sale of MQ-9B Reaper drones. The value of the drones and associated equipment and program support is estimated to be about $600 million.
“As a matter of policy we do not comment on or confirm proposed defense sales or transfers until they have been formally notified to Congress,” a State Department spokesperson said.
The Pentagon declined to comment on the proposed sale.
Washington has long provided arms to the island under the terms of the 40-year-old Taiwan Relations Act.
Beijing has frequently chafed at those sales, calling them a violation of China’s sovereignty. The country’s Communist government…