The sale of these drones worth $ 600 million will allow Taiwan to “modernize its armed forces and maintain credible defense capabilities,” the State Department said in a statement.

“It will improve (Taiwan’s) ability to respond to present and future threats by providing information, surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting and attack capabilities on land, sea and underwater,” the statement said.

This is the third major arms sale to Taiwan approved by the Trump administration in less than three weeks. The total value of these arms purchases is 4.8 billion dollars, notes AFP.

The issue of US arms sales to Taiwan is extremely sensitive for China. The communist regime in Beijing has warned that it will sanction the American groups Boeing Defense, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the previously announced arms sales.

While the United States wants to provide Taiwan with a credible defense capability against a potential invasion by the Chinese military, Beijing threatens to use force in the event of a formal proclamation of Taiwan’s independence or foreign intervention.