A new US arms sale worth over $2.2 billion has been approved for Taiwan – the largest package so far under President Trump. The administration has also made moves to streamline the approval process, paving the way for more sales to come.

The announcement comes amid a fragile truce in the ongoing US-China trade war.

Any material assistance or symbolic recognition of the democratic, self-governing island is incendiary for US-China relations, and this time will be no different.