Taiwan media said that U.S. arms sales to Taiwan so aside cast a shadow over Taiwan-US relations
United States hopes to introduce Taiwanese F-16C/D fighters. Data Figure: U.S. Air Force F-16C fighters
“International Herald Tribune,” Li Yushi, former freelance writer from Beijing, “Ma Ying-jeou Obama pull the hind legs,” October 15, Taiwan, “Apple Daily” the headline in the head .
Just three days ago, Taiwan media reported that U.S. intellectual Courand just be that Taiwan’s request for an assessment of Taiwan’s future defense needs. The report notes that in 2020, tens of thousands of Taiwan takes over 100 billion new Taiwan dollars to buy new weapons.
joint houses of U.S. Congress unexpectedly passed before the “2010 National Defense Authorization Act,” the ultimate version, a rare three months ago, the House and Senate each passed the same provision (section 1226) on one’s own deleted. As the terms and strengthen Taiwan’s Air Force, “(U.S. Congress this act) may have a profound impact on East Asian security.” Taiwanese media have worried.
“accidentally delete” Terms of arms sales to Taiwan
“2010 Defense Authorization Act” of 1226 shall name “Taiwan’s air force’s report on . ” U.S. made it clear in the bill did not directly the type and quantity of arms sales to Taiwan, but requires the President within 90 days after the commencement of the bill to the Congress a “Taiwan Air Force Report”, the content need to set out all kinds of military aircraft of Taiwan type, quantity, unit age, and other details of combat power, and the Chinese mainland as the imaginary enemy in the case of assessment of air superiority over Taiwan to maintain the required weapons and equipment, and analyze options for the United States to help Taiwan, and the defense of Taiwan 5 year plan.
due to the United States last year, the Taiwan authorities proposed arms purchase plan, the Blackhawk helicopter, F16C/D fighters and other projects has not been approved, so the United States, Taiwan’s original introduction of the new bill that would have on the highly anticipated.
However, the bill eventually closed Shique “accidentally” deleted the terms of strengthening Taiwan’s air force. Taiwan media address him greatly disappointed, the United States would have to “cast a shadow over Taiwan-US relations.”
Obama’s cross-strait trade-off
South China University of International and Mainland Affairs department head Chang Tse-yang wrote, according to the “Taiwan Relations Act” third authority, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, there are two pipelines, one launched by the President, and second, launched by the Congress. Only in this century, “National Defense Authorization Act of 2002″ that set out to sell four Kidd-class destroyers, the rest of Congress to launch an annual no. The United States will hold the arms sales to Taiwan, in fact, launched by the President did not rule out the possibility of arms sales to Taiwan next year.
American Institute in Taiwan Taipei Office Director Situ Wen October 16, also said the U.S. government is currently considering a project on arms sales to Taiwan, including last year did not agree to sell part of the project. With Taiwan’s military sources analysis, Situ Wen’s speech did not rule out U.S. Black Hawk helicopters over the next selling, F16C/D fighter possibilities.
Taiwan media, but apparently not from the United States will “surprise move” in the feet. Taiwan, “Apple Daily” that the provisions of section 1226 shall be deleted, “completely behind Obama in the waves.” Shelved with the previous submarine design, utility helicopters, two sets of Patriot-3 missiles and other three arms sales to Taiwan, and refused to see the Dalai Lama and other similar initiatives, “the White House was committed to Obama’s first visit next month China-US cooperation to create an atmosphere, and if the success of Obama’s visit, the two sides will have ‘forward’, then the U.S. probably do not want to undermine Sino-US arms sales to Taiwan and the prospects for cooperation. “
scholar urges that the U.S. strategic arms
aside U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in a hurry are the U.S. “hawks” strategic experts. U.S. Centre for Strategic and International Studies Program Director in Japan, the former Special Adviser to the Green Asia through Taiwan, “Liberty Times” said that if sales continue to hold, in addition to widening the military gap between the two sides, the cut-off with the F16 aircraft, the United States under stage may have to face selling pressure of more advanced weapons, so the arms sales to Taiwan should not hold too long, if no progress next year, “the U.S. commitment to Taiwan’s defense will be suspect.”
Lampton other U.S. experts believe that the mainland’s military modernization, Taiwan has made the United States tried to maintain the balance substantially increase the cost, “the future Obama administration will take a more cautious strategy, while Taiwan sales will continue. “he said. ( Source: International Herald Tribune )
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