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2020-10-22 | 公共電視

Taiwan to Spend US$1.8 Billion on US Arms|美正式宣布對台3項軍售 總值$18億

The U.S. government announced three arms packages for Taiwan on Oct. 21, with values totaling US$1.8 billion.

The U.S.' Defense Security Cooperation Agency issued press releases on Oct. 21 announcing that the State Department has approved three arms packages for Taiwan. They include 11 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems M142 launchers, 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response missiles, and six MS-110 Recce Pods. The total cost of the arms is US$1.8 billion. The U.S. Congress has been notified, and the sale is expected to go through after one month's time.

This is the eighth arms sale to Taiwan to be announced since President Trump took office. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes this and would like to thank the U.S. government for taking concrete actions to fulfill the Taiwan Relations Act, the Six Assurances to Taiwan, and its commitment to Taiwan's safety.

The Presidential Office also thanked the U.S. for helping Taiwan to shore up its defensive capabilities, and said it will continue to defend regional peace and stability alongside the U.S. National Defense Minister Yen De-fa said additional arms deals are still being discussed and there will be more in the future. He added that these purchases are for defensive purposes, not to enter into an arms race with China. Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu said during an interview with Indian media that Taiwan stands on the frontline of efforts to prevent China from spreading its authoritarian ideology, and arms deals show that Taiwan is determined to defend itself.

So we have been trying to beef up our own defense capabilities to prevent China from thinking that they can take Taiwan over very quickly. And we also try to procure military hardware from other countries like the United States and we also try to work together with other countries for security areas.

Wu said he is willing to deepen cooperation with India and other like-minded countries, and Taiwan will carefully handle the cross-strait relationship to prevent China from using Taiwan as a scapegoat for what he called its internal governance crisis resulting from the China-U.S. trade war, the epidemic, and other issues.

美國國防安全合作署21號正式發出新聞稿指出,國務院已經批准3筆對台軍售。包括11個「海馬斯多管火箭系統」,135枚增程型距外陸攻飛彈,6枚F-16新式偵照莢艙,總值約18億美元。已經進行「知會國會」程序,可望在1個月後正式生效。

外交部發言人 歐江安表示:「這次也是川普總統上任以來,八度對台軍售,外交部對此表示歡迎,並且感謝美國政府,以具體的行動,來履行台灣關係法,以及對台灣的六項保證,對台灣安全的承諾。」

總統府也對於美國協助我國強化自我防衛能力表示感謝,也將持續與美國共同維護區域和平穩定,國防部長嚴德發則表示軍購還在進行,後續還有,這是依照我方防衛構想採購,不與中共進行軍備競賽。外交部長吳釗燮在接受印度媒體專訪時也表示,台灣身處中國威權主義對外擴張的第一線,軍購就是向國際展現台灣有決心保護自己。

外交部長 吳釗燮表示:「我們一直在努力,增強自己的防禦能力,來防止中國,認為他們可以迅速占領台灣,所以我們會向美國等國家,進行軍購,也嘗試與其他國家,開展區域合作。」

吳釗燮強調願意與印度等裡面相近國家深化合作,台灣會小心處理面對的兩岸情勢,避免中國在面對中美貿易衝突,疫情等問題造成內部統治危機時,對外拿台灣作為替罪羔羊。

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