The U.S. has publicly announced a deal to sell $6 billion worth of advanced military equipment to Taiwan. The agreement, which includes Patriot anti-missile systems, helicopters, mine-sweeping ships and communications equipment, comes as the U.S. has been bickering with China over Iran’s nuclear program and the state of Internet freedom in the country. Chinese officials responded to the sale by suspending “planned mutual military visits” with the U.S. and warning of the “serious negative impact” it could have on relations between the two countries. Under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. is legally obligated to provide weapons to Taiwan.
U.S. completes sale of military equipment to Taiwan
China says move could have "serious negative impact" on relations with U.S.