the military balance in the Taiwan Strait
Taiwan has renewed its request to buy 30 advanced combat helicopters from the United States to boost its defences against the mainland.
was amassing a WMD stockpile
Taipei is considering buying the most advanced French Rafale jets to upgrade its defences amid fears it will lose air superiority to Beijing in another six years.
approved a robust arms package for Taiwan
If the US were to sell advanced weapons to Taiwan such as the Aegis, that could be very detrimental to China-US relations.
made no clear commitment in approving new arms sales to the island
stop selling arms to Taiwan
providing Taiwan arms for self-defence
It was Chen's usual trick to get more support for the huge arms purchase programme.
had no intention of starting an arms race
The destroyers, priced at US$1 billion each, have a radar and computer array capable of simultaneously tracking more than 100 targets on land, air and sea.
arms-sales plan for Taiwan
help maintain the military balance of power in the Taiwan Strait
scotched the immediate sale to Taiwan of four sophisticated destroyers
help Taiwan defend itself
expanding military build-up
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