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U.S. approves possible sale of military assistance to Taiwan

Taipei expects parts, technical support deal to 'become effective' within month

A drill in Hsinchu, Taiwan, in January 2021. Successive U.S. administrations have urged Taiwan to modernize its military to become a "porcupine" that is hard for China to attack.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of military technical assistance to Taiwan worth an estimated $108 million, the Pentagon said on Friday.

China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, and the democratically governed island has complained of increased military pressure from Beijing to try and force it to accept its sovereignty.

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