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US approves possible arms sale to Taiwan

The US State department has given a nod to possible sale of tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment.

The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $US2.2 billion ($A3.2 billion).

Last month, when the possible sale was first reported, China's Foreign Ministry said it was seriously concerned about US arms sales to self-ruled Taiwan.

The sale of the weapons requested by Taiwan, including 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, would not alter the basic military balance in the region, the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.

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