US approves arms sale to Taiwan, angering China

8FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, Taiwan's military fire artillery from self-propelled Howitzers during the annual Han Kuang exercises in Hsinchu, north eastern Taiwan. The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of US$1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said June 29, 2017. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON - The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of US$1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said Thursday.

The sale will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.

The sale to Taiwan comprises seven items, including technical support for early warning radar, anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and components for SM-2 missiles, according to a US official who requested anonymity to discuss the details before they were formally announced.

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