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U.S. approves $100m deal for Taiwan missile defense upgrades

Second planned sale under Biden comes amid cross-strait tensions

Patriot surface-to-air missile launchers are used during a drill at an air base in Taiwan.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has authorized the sale of military equipment and services to Taiwan to support its missile defense system in a deal estimated to be worth the equivalent of $100 million, as Washington backs the building of a strong air defense system on the island while pressure from China intensifies.

Taipei had sought participation in the five-year program, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Monday, to maintain and improve its Patriot Air Defense System. Participation is mandatory for owners of a Patriot missile system.

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