Departing U.S. envoy hails boost in Taiwan's defense capabilities

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The head of the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan said in his farewell speech Wednesday that the United States has approved $16.9 billion in weapons sales to the self-ruled island since he took office in 2018, strengthening its defensive capabilities. Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, said they include traditional platforms such as F-16 fighter jets and M1 tanks, as well as "more agile equipment" such as unmanned aerial vehicles and coastal defense systems including the Harpoon, an over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile. He said his office has long advocated the need ...

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