US in talks with Taiwan on co-production of US weapons: sources

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is considering a plan to jointly produce weapons with Taiwan, according to three people familiar with the plan. It aims to increase production capacity for US-designed weapons, speed up their transfer and strengthen deterrence against China.

“There has been a change in the approach from Beijing to Taiwan in recent years,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at an Oct. 17 event in California. “A fundamental decision [has been made] that the status quo was no longer acceptable and that Beijing was determined to seek reunification [with Taiwan] on a much faster timeline.” Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to receive an unprecedented third term as leader at the Communist Party’s 20th National Congress, which will run until Oct. 22, and he may further increase military pressure on Taiwan.

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