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U.S. mulls F-35s for Taiwan deal

WASHINGTON/TAIPEI — The United States is considering a new package of arms sales to Taiwan, <1> sources said.

Multiple sources close to the bilateral matter revealed that the United States would sell the weapons to Taiwan as early as this summer.

Among the weapons are <2> cutting-edge fighter jets, which past U.S. administrations did not allow to be sold to Taiwan. The arms package could be worth the highest amount ever.

U.S. President Donald Trump was to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida on April 6 and 7, seeking to build upon their bilateral relationship. During telephone talks with Xi in February, Trump showed a flexible stance on the “one China” policy, over which Beijing had been nervous, agreeing to maintain the status quo.

Regarding Taiwan, meanwhile, which past U.S. administrations have kept on <3> good terms with, Trump seems to be keeping the balance by strengthening the commitment in defense through weapons sales and other measures.

According to the sources, the White House will start <4> full-scale deliberations on supplying Taiwan with the weapons package after the Trump-Xi meeting.

According to a former senior official at the U.S. State Department who is <5> well-informed of the deliberation process, cutting-edge F-35 stealth fighter jets and <6> the most advanced missile defense system are under consideration.Speech

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