U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of a $1.83 billion arms sale package for Taiwan including two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and other equipment.
The authorization, which Reuters on Monday reported was imminent, came a year after Congress passed legislation approving the sale, in spite of opposition from China. It is the first such major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years.
The White House said there was no change in the longstanding U.S. “one China” policy. Past U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan have attracted strong condemnation in China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province.
A spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said the sales authorization followed previous sales notifications by the administration totaling over $12 billion under the Taiwan Relations Act.