November 29, 2020 (Google Translation) – In response to media reports that “Taiwan is the largest buyer of U.S. arms sales, this year the Chinese people will pay an average of NT$14,500.” The Ministry of Defense today (29) explained as follows:
1. This year, the U.S. notified the Congress of 7 military sales to Taiwan, including the MK-48 heavy line-guided torpedo, with a total value of more than 5.5 billion U.S. dollars. In accordance with the “Taiwan Relations Act” and the “Six Guarantees,” the US supply and sale of defensive weapons to Taiwan will help strengthen China’s overall defense capabilities and ensure peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the Indo-Pacific region. The Ministry of National Defense expresses its gratitude.
2. This year I still have two items to “notify the Congress” regarding the major US military purchases. This ministry will explain to the Chinese people when the US officially “notifies the Congress.” There is no plan to add a major US$5.2 billion arms purchase project to the United States next year.
3. The enhancement of the national army’s defense capabilities and the acquisition of weapons and equipment are given priority to national defense independence. All foreign military procurement budgets of the national army are prepared annually according to the progress of the individual cases. After the legislative Yuan has reviewed and approved them, the relevant operations will be carried out in accordance with the approved budget, and weapons and equipment will be obtained on schedule and quality as budget.