British media said the United States may launch a new round of arms sales to Taiwan (map)
“Patriot 3″ missile system is the Lockheed – Martin in the “Patriot” PAC-2 system, based on improved fire control system and through the installation of new PAC-3 missile from a new air defense system.
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Sikorsky twin-turbo shaft engine production , single-rotor helicopter S-70 model developed from a medium-sized general-purpose attack helicopters.
United States designed diesel-electric submarines for Taiwan’s budget of $ 360 million, and U.S. companies need to prove that Taiwan has the ability to produce diesel-electric submarines, or have found partners. Build eight diesel-electric submarines estimated to cost about $ 10.2 billion, will reach 10 to 15 years time-consuming.
According to Reuters, U.S. State Department official said Thursday that the Obama administration could reach a new round of arms sales to start the operation. The plan includes eight new design for the Taiwan diesel-electric submarines, sold 60 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and the “Patriot Advanced Capability -3″ (PAC-3) missile system.
“everything is in progress”
the United States responsible for defense trade, Acting Secretary of State Assistant Feiluobote – Kovacs, the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Aviation Aerospace exports hearing disclose this information gap. He said: “Everything is in progress.”
When asked about the “in progress” mean that these sales will be submitted to Congress for consideration, Kovacs said that some projects it is true, such as Black Hawk helicopters and diesel-electric submarine project, but the issue of arms sales to the Patriot missile, currently in “discussions.”
the United States to think twice
reports and analysis, said the new arms sales plan, “missed” the most pressing needs of the Taiwan Air Force F- 16c/d fighter, perhaps indirectly, to display a message – although the United States still want to sell arms to Taiwan, but also very reluctant to stimulate the continent.
possible from the three projects, the 60 Black Hawk helicopters, the main beach to enhance Taiwan’s military deterrent capability and motorized transport, tend to defensive character; “Patriot” type 3 is missile defense; and diesel-electric submarines are the most expensive and most likely to make a strong protest against the mainland. But, the average depth of less than the Taiwan Strait, in fact, there are many restrictions on submarine warfare, so, even if the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan again, the sale of weapons should remain a strictly “defensive weapons” range – the cross-strait peace and stability, best interests of the United States at this stage is the criterion.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs solemn statement
Chinese government has strongly opposed U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, October 2008, the Bush administration released $ 6.4 billion on Taiwan arms sales has led to the Sino-US military exchanges interrupted.
yesterday, the U.S. is pushing for new arms sales plan information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Jiang Yu said: China firmly opposes U.S. arms sales, this position is consistent and clear. We urge the U.S. to observe the three joint communiques, especially the “August 17″ communiques, stop arms sales to Taiwan, take concrete actions to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and safeguarding the overall situation of Sino-US relations. General news agency and other
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■ three Sino-US joint communiques
February 28, 1972 signed the “Joint Communique of the PRC and the United States of America” ??(“Shanghai Communique”), December 16, 1978, entitled “Republic of China and the United States of America on the joint communique to establish diplomatic relations” ( “Sino-US diplomatic ties were forged”), August 17, 1982 signed the “Joint Communique of the PRC and the United States of America” ??(“Shanghai Communique”). The three joint communiques in the United States have emphasized adherence to the one China principle, they are the two countries on bilateral relations and China’s Taiwan issue important historical documents. In the “Shanghai Communique” on arms sales to Taiwan, the United States to make three commitments: 1, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in terms of performance and the number does not exceed the U.S. level in recent years after the establishment of diplomatic relations; 2, the United States to prepare gradually reduce arms sales to Taiwan; 3, after a period of time for a final solution to this problem.
■ diesel-electric submarines
“diesel” is a “diesel/electric motor” for short, is not “diesel.” Diesel-electric submarines equipped with the power source is a marine diesel engine, submarine navigation in the water use diesel power, and the part of the power stored in large capacity battery. Submerged, the lack of access to outside air, diesel engines need to be closed, when the submarine’s power source is battery-driven motor. As the battery capacity is limited, so diesel-electric submarines must surface from time to time charge, hidden far less long-term submerged nuclear submarines.
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