June 21, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that “the U.S. sale of my Harpoon missile may cost over 100 billion yuan” and “The US donated 2.5 million doses of Modena vaccine to Taiwan, suspected to be related to the arms purchase case” (June 21, 110).
In response to the media report that “the U.S. sells us harpoon missiles at an asking price of more than 100 billion yuan,” the Ministry of National Defense stated today (21) that the content of the report is all speculation by the media. The description is as follows:
1. In October of last year (109), the U.S. government agreed to sell 100 sets of 400 “Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems” to Taiwan, and notified Congress that the upper limit amount was 2.37 billion U.S. dollars, converted at the planned exchange rate of 30.05 for the year 110. About NT$71.2 billion, there is no reason for the asking price to exceed 100 billion. As for the online report that “the US donated 2.5 million doses of Modena vaccine to Taiwan, which is suspected to be related to the arms purchase case,” it is nonsense and has nothing to do with it.
2. The Ministry of National Defense once again emphasized that all foreign military purchases by the National Army meet the needs of homeland defense, and are implemented in accordance with laws and regulations, and are fully announced on the government websites of Taiwan and the United States, calling for the support of the Chinese people.
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