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Taiwan faces delays in U.S. arms deliveries due to Ukraine war

Likely postponement of howitzers and Stingers impacts Taipei's defense strategy

American troops prepare to fire Stinger missiles from an armored vehicle during a drill. The U.S. agreed to deliver 250 of the missiles to Taiwan by 2026.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- The U.S. might delay deliveries of crucial military hardware to Taiwan as Washington focuses on arming Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, the Taiwanese defense ministry said Tuesday.

Taiwan is supposed to receive 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles in phased shipments by March 2026. But "there is certainly a risk of a delay in this year's deliveries due to changes in the international situation," a Ministry of National Defense official told reporters.

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