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U.S. Approves $2.2 Billion Arms Sales to Taiwan: China Demands Cancellation

July 11, 2019

Episode Notes:

On Monday, the State Department announced that the U.S. could sell $2.2 billion in weapons to Taiwan, paving the way for America to officially deliver those weapons in the months and years to come. The sale would be the first transfer of big-ticket U.S. military equipment to Taiwan in decades.

Michael Mazza, Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins the WarCast to discuss the decision, and what it means to normalize arms transfers to Taiwan now.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:45 ] Details of the sales are their purpose
[ 1:25 ] Factors driving the shift in policy
[ 4:25 ] How Beijing pressures Taiwan and what the U.S. can do
[ 5:30 ] How it fits in the current regional context
[ 7:30 ] China's options
[ 9:26 ] Likelihood of delivering equipment

Twitter: @mike_mazza

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