A weapons deal between Taiwan and the US has been agreed upon and it will see that Taiwan receives $440 Million dollars in military equipment.
Most of the agreement centered around parts for repair and maintenance of existing equipment. Included with parts, are ammunition, infantry equipment, and other attachments for existing weapons.
Following the announcement of this agreement, President Xi called on China to safeguard its national interest and blamed US officials for destabilizing peace in the region. Xi also told US officials to avoid dealing with the Taiwanese government and to subscribe to their one-China policy.
The Taiwan Defense Ministry thanked the US and reiterated that the open sale of weaponry to the island would allow Taiwan to respond to the increasingly pushy Chinese threat.
Janet Yellen arrived shortly after Xi’s call to step-up combat readiness to respond to potential threats. The goal of Yellen’s trip to Beijing is to ease tensions between the US and China but it seems that Xi has no intentions of letting his guard down.
Yellen has promised that the national and economic security of the US will be put first in the meeting, which angered many of her Chinese critics.