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Sep 25, 2018 | 19:09 GMT

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U.S.: State Department Approves $330 Million Military Sale to Taiwan

What Happened: The U.S. State Department has approved a deal to sell Taiwan $330 million worth of spare parts from F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft, Reuters reported Sept. 24.

Why It Matters: If the deal is approved by Congress, it would mark the second arms deal with Taiwan under the Trump administration, which is attempting to pressure China through its relationship with Taipei.

Background: The Pentagon has reportedly been working to bolster Taiwan's defenses and normalize arms sales to the island. Taiwan has been encouraged to beef up its air capabilities to better defend against the much larger and more powerful Chinese Air Force.

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