This just in! Reuters is reporting that after 41 failed attempts, the legislature will consider the arms package.

Taiwan’s ruling party managed to get a $11 billion U.S. arms package, which it sees as key to keeping the balance of power with China, on to parliament’s agenda on Tuesday after being stalled by the opposition 41 times.

Many security analysts see the Taiwan Strait, which separates China and Taiwan, as one of Asia’s most dangerous flashpoints.

The United States, which recognises China and not Taiwan, offered the package of advanced weapons in 2001. Taiwan has since cut its budget for the arms from $18 billion to $11 billion

Lawmakers from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and their allies voted 12 to 5 in a sub-committee responsible for setting parliament agenda while many opposition lawmakers were in a separate meeting. But the victory could be short-lived as the opposition Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT), which once ruled all China, and People First Party control a slim parliamentary majority and vowed to overturn the decision on Friday.