In response to heightened military activity by China in the Taiwan Strait, the United States has announced a substantial $345 million military aid package for Taiwan. The aid is intended to swiftly enhance the island’s defense capabilities and deter potential Chinese aggression.

With this latest grant, the total assistance provided to Taiwan by the U.S. approaches a whopping $20 billion.

This comprehensive package includes intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment (such as unarmed MQ-9As, MQ-9B “Sea Guardian” variant), along with small arms munitions (such as MANPADS, AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II Missiles, AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder Missiles, to name a few). The aid will be drawn from America’s military reserves, allowing for a faster delivery timeline to bolster Taiwan’s defense capabilities.

The Pentagon emphasized that the equipment provided will help the island country enhance its deterrence capabilities both now and in the future.

Critical Capabilities for Taiwan’s Defense

A Pentagon spokesperson highlighted the critical aspects of the package, stating that it addresses defensive stockpiles, multi-domain awareness, anti-armor, and air defense capabilities. The U.S. government is committed to expeditiously delivering military assistance to Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the Taiwanese defense ministry expressed gratitude to Washington for its unwavering commitment to Taiwan’s security. Ministry spokesperson Sun Li-fang acknowledged the importance of the “Presidential Drawdown Authority” as an additional means of supporting the island nation’s self-defense, in addition to regular weapons sales. Sun emphasized that Taipei and Washington would continue to work closely on safety issues to maintain regional peace and stability, especially the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

The U.S. Congress has authorized President Joe Biden to provide aid to Taiwan from American military stocks, similar to how large quantities of assistance have been provided to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February 2022. This move demonstrates America’s continued commitment to Taiwan’s security amid the island’s ongoing vulnerability to Chinese threats and military drills.