U.S. media pointed out that the 215 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and 208 sets of Javelin anti-tank missiles Taiwan purchased in December 2015 have not yet been delivered to Taiwan.

White House National Security Council Strategic Communication Coordinator Kirby responded on the 28th that the United States takes its responsibility to assist Taiwan in self-defense very seriously.

The picture shows the national army's Hanguang exercise launching javelin missiles.

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[Compilation of Lin Yuxuan, reporter Tu Jumin/Comprehensive report] The media disclosed that after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the United States provided Ukraine with a large amount of weapons, which led to delays in arms sales to Taiwan.

Kirby, White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator, responded on the 28th that the United States continues to maintain contact with its allies, understands the needs of combat readiness, and takes the responsibility of assisting Taiwan's self-defense very seriously.

The United States will also pay close attention to ensuring that itself, its allies and partners remain prepared for war.

U.S. media say $18.7 billion arms sale delayed

The "Wall Street Journal" quoted a well-informed U.S. congressional and government official as saying that the U.S. military aid to Ukraine has put the defense industry's ability to cope with the sudden demand being tested, and the demand for arms sales to Taiwan has also been affected. The total value of delayed arms sales to Taiwan has reached Increased to US$18.7 billion from more than US$14 billion in December last year, including 215 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and 208 sets of Javelin anti-tank missiles ordered in December 2015 Such weapons have not yet been delivered to Taiwan.

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When Kirby was asked about this at a regular White House media briefing, he said that the United States is constantly seeking a balance between itself, its allies and partners, the military sellers, and the Ukrainian military stockpile. When making decisions on defense stockpiles, they will refer to the assessment of the Department of Defense to determine whether it will affect the combat readiness of the United States.

He pointed out that many allies and partners, including Taiwan, rely on US weapons systems, and the US has been in touch with them to understand their combat readiness needs.

Kirby: Biden recently signed the arms sale

Kirby reiterated that Biden just signed a billion-dollar arms sale to Taiwan a few days ago, and the US side will evaluate what the next demand is and when it will be provided.

Regarding assisting Taiwan with the necessary self-defense capabilities, the United States takes this responsibility very seriously and emphasizes that this is in line with the law and policy and will not change.

When asked whether there is currently a backlog of arms sales orders to Taiwan, Kirby refused to respond positively. He only said that he would not mention any stockpiles of weapons systems anywhere in public. Partners remain on the alert.

Regarding the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Defense Ministry spokesperson Sun Lifang said yesterday that the arms sales are all carried out according to the procedures, regardless of the Ukrainian-Russian war or the blockade caused by the epidemic, it will indeed have a relevant impact on the entire work, but the national military will not use these impacts As an excuse, we will continue to work together with the United States to solve the problems encountered in related work.

On the whole, my country's Ministry of National Defense, National Security, and Diplomatic Systems will work together with the US to ensure that the arms sales can be completed on schedule and with high quality.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced an arms sale to Taiwan worth US$1.1 billion (approximately NT$34.3 billion) in early September, including 100 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and surveillance radars This is the sixth arms sale to Taiwan after Biden took office.