US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the United States intends to provide specific additional military assistance to Taiwan in the near future.
“I am pleased that the United States will soon provide significant additional military assistance to Taiwan thanks to the resource allocation powers granted to the president by Congress last year,” Austin said during a US Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Austin did not say which weapons would be included in the new aid package.
He added that the shipments are part of Washington’s commitment to “maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
In turn, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed during the hearings that the US “does not seek conflict with China or a new cold war.”
He added that Washington, in his opinion, seeks to “neutralize the risks” posed by China.