"Today, the Administration notified Congress of a USD 1.83 billion defensive arms sale package for Taiwan," said David McKeeby, a spokesperson for the US Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

This notification follows previous notifications by the Obama Administration totalling over USD 12 billion.

The notification is consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, and its support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defence capability, he added.

This Foreign Military Sales package supports Taiwan's efforts to develop more innovative and asymmetric defensive capabilities.

McKeeby said the US arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defence needs.

Top Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, strongly support the Administration's notification of a new round of arms sales to Taiwan.

China, which regards Taiwan as a breakaway territory, said yesterday it "firmly opposes sales of weapons, military hardware or technology to Taiwan by any country in any form or under any pretext."

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