A large arms package is being prepared for Taiwan to help the small nation defend against China.


The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, U.S. officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing.

The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that was shelved at the end of the Obama administration, the officials told Reuters on the eve of a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In December, President Barack Obama’s administration put the brakes on a Taiwan deal under discussion.

The Trump administration source told Reuters that the new deals under consideration would likely top the $1 billion mark.