‘Donald Trump’s administration is preparing a deal to sell a big arms package to Taiwan so the island can defend itself in case of an attack from China, US officials have said.
The deal, which is bound to be designed to anger Beijing, could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles.
This comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in China on Saturday for what was anticipated to be a potentially uncomfortable visit.
China has been angered by the Trump administration’s repeated calls to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea and exercise more control over its neighbour.
The deal is much bigger than one that was considered by the Obama administration but never went ahead and sources told Reuters it is likely to top the $1bn mark.’