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Aug 16, 2019 | 16:53 GMT

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Taiwan, U.S.: Washington Reportedly Plans to Proceed With F-16 Sale to Taiwan

What Happened: The U.S. government is planning to proceed with an F-16 fighter jet sale to Taiwan after the Trump administration notified the U.S. Congress that it would submit the proposal for informal review by the end of Aug. 16, The Washington Post reported.

Why It Matters: If approved, the sale would mark one of the largest-ever U.S. arms transactions with the island and significantly boost the capabilities of Taiwan's air force. The deal would almost certainly draw criticism from China amid heightened trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Background: In July, the U.S. State Department approved $2.2 billion in arms sales that included 108 General Dynamics Corp. M1A2T Abrams tanks. China subsequently announced that it would sanction any U.S. firms that sell arms to Taiwan.

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