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Taiwan acquires Harpoon anti-ship missiles

The missiles will be used by the Taiwan air force's F-16 fighter jets.
by Staff Writers
Taipei (AFP) Aug 28, 2008
Taiwan has acquired 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles from the United States in a boost of its defence against rival China, the defence ministry here said Thursday.

The missiles will be used by the air force's F-16 fighter jets, the ministry said, in a 90-million-dollar deal.

The sale was announced after Washington affirmed in July that its policy on supplying arms to Taiwan remained unchanged amid speculation of an arms freeze to the island.

Washington has been the island's leading arms supplier, despite switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taiwan to seek more advanced weaponry to defend itself.

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