Expert: Patriot missile sale to Taiwan means Taiwan into the anti-missile system may be Na
“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.
中广网 Beijing on January 8, according to media reports, the U.S. Department of Defense has recently approved the implementation of the U.S. company Lockheed Martin in October 2008 the Bush administration’s arms sales to Taiwan announced plans to sell Taiwan an upgrade “Patriot” missiles. Yong-Chun Liang military observers widely on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan published opinion.
Moderator: The sale of the Patriot missile is an upgraded version of what kind of weapon, with the Gulf War before we see the Patriot missile What is the difference?
Yong-Chun Liang: American Patriot missile development and production of anti-aircraft missiles, a Gulf War Patriot missile, is mainly used to intercept aircraft, and Patriot III modified shooting more accurate, has a certain ability to intercept other missiles, the U.S. missile defense system, so we have been resolutely opposed to this sales. Because if the missile sold to Taiwan, it means that Taiwan may be incorporated into the U.S. missile defense system, it will be a serious violation of Chinese sovereignty. From this we can also further be seen, the political significance of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan is much larger than military value.
Moderator: The United States arms sales to the specific intent to do what?
Yong-Chun Liang: First of all, Obama is a high risk of political opportunism. The current administration’s domestic support rate is not high, he decided the arms sales to Taiwan, to please the U.S. anti-China political forces, to please the arms industry, but also to please a number of non-governmental organizations. At the same time, he wants to minimize the stimulation of China. To observe from some of the details: the list of Obama’s sales were, in addition to the implementation of the previous government has approved arms sales projects, and did not add anything new; In addition, the U.S. Department of Defense intends to local time 6 arms sales to Taiwan late at night that this decision is obviously trying to reduce the level of media attention. These practices are an absolute political speculation.
Second, Obama is a strategy the Chinese government to test. In the United States arms sales to Taiwan every year the subject was raised, and this is the first time since Obama took office, the actual treatment arms sales to Taiwan. Although we had many occasions to Obama and his government expressed the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, the importance, but in the specific problems of the time, what will the Chinese government today to make a substantive response to what the U.S. needs thoroughly. Therefore, the United States tentatively stepped on China’s policy red line. It is now waiting, watching, to see the Chinese government how to react.
Moderator: this how we should approach this issue?
Yong-Chun Liang: I think I should correct view of two aspects.
First of all, the mainstream of Sino-US relations or cooperation, China and the U.S., many major interests are closely related. The United States continues to promote arms sales to Taiwan have very strong speculative, but it does not fundamentally undermine Sino-US relations.
other hand, the face of the U.S. strategy to test, we must make a clear and strong response. This is a contest in which both sides of the interaction may affect the next few years on the issue of U.S. policy toward Taiwan.
China’s political and economic influence are increasing, it is universally acknowledged. But the political logic in the West which, simply “owned” power is not enough, more importantly, to let opponents know that you dare at a critical time “use” of their own strength.
the U.S. government knows the Taiwan issue is China’s core interests, is still in front of their own interests in order, repeatedly trampled on our policy red line, successive U.S. administrations are no exception. This is because we do not have to pay for their actions it high enough price.
the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman urged the U.S. government “quickly corrected the error, stop arms sales to Taiwan so as not to damage the overall situation of Sino-US cooperation.” The meaning is clear, if Obama or bent to the Taiwan arms sales, China’s reaction may not be limited to “suspend the Sino-US military exchanges,” so simple, the United States in a series of major international issues may be lost in China cooperation.
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