US to ramp up arms sales to allies to counter China, report says

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In an effort to outperform China, the United States will ramp up arms sales to allies and partners.

The United States will speed up arms sales to allies and partners by removing several bureaucratic hurdles that could cause delays to better compete with countries like China, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The report said on Friday that the Department of Defense launched an initiative to streamline US arms sales to foreign countries, especially allies and partners who have supplied military equipment to Ukraine.

The United States has promised European allies who have supplied military equipment to Ukraine that it will be able to replenish their stockpiles, but the US defense industry faces a backlog, the Wall Street Journal reported. .

The US could speed up arms sales by having US defense officials help countries draft initial requests for military equipment that would help avoid delays caused by requests that trigger security issues , according to the report.

The Ministry of Defense only approves contracts once a year for certain military equipment, which means that countries that do not submit their orders by the Ministry of Defense deadline must wait until the following year, adds The report.

However, the State Department is currently consulting with the Department of Defense on this matter in light of the mission to expedite arms sales to allies, according to the report.

The proposed sales come amid heightened tension between Washington and Beijing following a controversial trip to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan this month sparked a new round of tension in the region. Since the US delegation’s visit, Beijing has launched large-scale military exercises around the island, which have included live-fire drills and military aircraft overflights near Taiwan’s airspace.

Meanwhile, two US Navy warships entered the Taiwan Strait in the first such transit since China held unprecedented military exercises around the island.

On Sunday, the guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville were making their voyage “in waters where the freedoms of navigation and overflight on the high seas apply in accordance with international law,” the US 7th Fleet in Japan said in a statement. cited in CN.

A 110-mile strait is a body of water that separates the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan from mainland China.

Beijing claims sovereignty over Taiwan despite the ruling Chinese Communist Party having never controlled the island – and considers the strait to be part of its “internal waters”.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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