Thursday, January 14, 2010

Further Arms Sales Announcements On Deck?

Reports today are that Obama will likely announce further arms sales to Taiwan in the upcoming months (which could mean anytime until Dec this year). While it is likely part of the U.S. Military's best interests in keeping China at bay from Taiwan, it is nevertheless a good thing for Taiwan. More arms means a better position to negotiate and defend from, if it comes to that.

Also part of these reports, are that China is possibly boosting their arsenal for a "short" term strike against Taiwan, and thus prompting these discussions of more sales to Taiwan. From the Taipei Times:

Speaking to US lawmakers at a congressional hearing, they said that China was boosting preparations for a short, intense fight against Taiwan. Its military buildup, which includes more than 1,000 ballistic missiles deployed opposite Taiwan, is in stark contrast to the improved ties between the rivals since the March 2008 election of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Also, Taiwan's MAC's response to these reports, "beneficial to Taiwan."

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