The text discusses the prioritization of units for the defense of Taiwan to receive weapons approved by the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act for strengthening Taiwan’s defense capabilities. This includes military police, marines, and special forces units. The latest U.S. aid package includes Stinger missiles, 1,000 M240B guns, 80,000 sets of combat gear, aerostat radar systems, and Harpoon missile training systems. Taiwan has been governed by its local administration since 1949 when the remaining Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) fled to the island after being defeated in the Chinese Civil War.
Beijing considers the island one of its provinces. The U.S. ceased formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 and established relations with China. Despite recognizing the One China policy, the U.S. continues to maintain contact with the Taipei administration and provide weapons to the island. According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. has delivered over $70 billion worth of weapons to the island in recent years.