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US Set to Greenlight Taiwan Arms Sale?

Defense News reports that a long-suspended arms deal with Taiwan is finally set to move forward:

The United States is set to approve the sale of Mk-48 heavyweight torpedoes for Taiwan after many years of delay, said a Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) official.

The Advanced Capability torpedo will be outfitted on Taiwan’s two remaining combat attack submarines after they undergo a life extension program upgrade.

This is important for Taiwan, which badly needs to upgrade its military capabilities. The torpedoes won’t enter service for several years, and Taiwan’s military is a long way from being a serious player in the region, but the sale is a step in the right direction for Taiwan.

President Obama promised a world that would rely less on hard power, yet the entire Asia Pacific seems to be literally investing in tools of hard power. More evidence of a legacy that doesn’t seem to be turning out as hoped.

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