The Pentagon announced Friday that the US State Department had approved the possibility of selling military technological support to Taiwan for approximately $108 million. China considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory or has never disputed the use of armed power in its efforts to subjugate Taiwan to Chinese rule.

Taiwan, administered democratically, has recently aired apprehensions about escalating “military pressure” from Beijing, which is intended to coerce Taiwan into recognizing Chinese sovereignty.

There are no formal diplomatic relations between the US and Taipei. Despite this, the legislation of the US mandates that Washington furnish Taiwan with the necessary tools to defend itself, and the government of President Joe Biden has committed to increasing cooperation with the territory.

According to the Pentagon, Taiwan sought the most recent support, which included replacement and maintenance parts for tanks and combat vehicles, as well as technological and material aid from the US government and contractors.