China threatens ‘countermeasures’ as US prepares arms package for Taiwan

Since then, China has continued its drills, including regularly crossing the midline of the Taiwan Strait — an unofficial barrier between the two sides — in what analysts say is an attempt to rewrite the status quo. Two Chinese fighter jets crossed the line again on Saturday.

Days earlier, Taiwanese forces shot down a suspected Chinese drone that entered its airspace amid a sudden series of incursions that have unnerved the island.

“As the PRC continues to increase pressure on Taiwan – including through an increased military air and sea presence around Taiwan – and engages in attempts to change the status quo in the Taiwan Straits, we are providing Taiwan what it needs to maintain its self-defense capabilities,” Laura Rosenberger, White House senior director for China and Taiwan, said in a statement.

The sale of arms is not supposed to bring new capabilities to Taiwan. It includes Sidewinder missiles, which can be used for air-to-air and surface attack missions, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, which could be used to track and sink incoming ships if China launches a lane assault. of water.

The biggest element of the package is support for the maintenance and upgrade of Taiwan’s surveillance radar system, which provides early warning of any impending attack.