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Taipei [Taiwan], August 5 (ANI): The United States on Wednesday (local time) approved its first arms sale to Taiwan, a potential USD 750 million deal, amid rising tensions with China.

"We welcome @StateDept's approval of a proposed USD 750M arms sale to Taiwan. The decision demonstrates the US government's commitment to the TaiwanRelationsActSixAssurances. It also allows the country to maintain a rock-solid self-defense,regional peacestability," Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted.

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of 155mm M109A6 Paladin Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer System and related equipment for an estimated cost of USD 750 million," US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

The move comes at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan are heightened. The relations between China and the US have also deteriorated in recent times due to various reasons including Indo-Pacific and coronavirus pandemic.

China has repeatedly threatened Taiwan with invasion and has adopted an aggressive policy to intimidate the self-governing island.

For decades, the Chinese government has claimed authority over Taiwan. Though Taiwan is not recognised by the UN, its government maintains a relationship with the US and does not accept the Chinese authority. (ANI)

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