Taiwan eyeing U.S. tanks, torpedoes

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  1. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    http://www.sinodaily.com/reports/Taiwan_eyeing_US_tanks_torpedoes_999.html

    Taiwan is planning to purchase torpedoes and heavy tanks from the United States in an attempt to further fortify its defense capabilities against China.

    The Liberty Times reported that Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou ordered the country's defense ministry to draft a draw up a shopping list of weapons that include MK-54 torpedoes, dozens of M1A2 tanks and amphibious landing vehicles.

    If acquired, the Taipei daily reported, the torpedoes will be used to replace Taiwan's aging MK-46s.

    The decision comes despite an easing of tense relations between China and Taiwan in recent years.

    The move also follows a decision by the Taiwan government to press ahead with a controversial $6.4 billion purchase of U.S. missiles, helicopters and ships despite the public stated wrath of China. The package includes an estimated 60 Black Hawk helicopters, 114 Patriot air-defense missiles and supplies for Taiwan's aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets.

    China and Taiwan split at the end of a civil war in 1949. Still, Beijing considers Taiwan a wayward province that must be brought back into the fold. It has used a number of means, diplomatic and military, to deter other nations from officially recognizing Taiwan as an independent state.

    Even so, relations between both sides have increasingly thawed, allowing Taiwan to pursue trade deals with other countries that have long been reluctant to antagonize Beijing.

    This week, however, Taiwan staged a computerized war game to test its readiness to repel Chinese forces, a Defense Ministry statement said.

    The simulated war game coincides with a defense ministry report predicting that China will deploy hundreds of new missiles aimed at Taiwan by the end of 2010. Military experts have also said that China has increased its missiles aimed at Taiwan from 300 in 2001 to 1,400 in 2008.

    No details have been provided on the total number of missiles currently deployed.

    Washington has tried to bolster Taiwan's defenses while allaying China's concerns of relations being undermined. Beijing though has urged the U.S. administration to reconsider the move, threatening the suspension of military contacts with the United States as well as slapping sanctions on the companies manufacturing the weapons bound for Taiwan.

    Washington is required under the Taiwan Relations Act to ensure that Taiwan can defend itself. The United States remains the island's top arms supplier.

    Last year, U.S. President Barack Obama paid a 4-day visit to China where he signed a joint statement under which China and the United States agreed to respect each other's "core interests."
     
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  3. youngindian

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    i want to ask 2 questions here.
    1>will the continuos bolstering of taiwan defenses fend of any pre emptive strikes from china?
    2>will the american really come to rescue of taiwan given that china has been developing robust A2/AD capabilities,given that they have limited political stakes here,given that this might escalate to a full blown war?
     
  5. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    if US shows any weakness regarding Taiwan what message does it send to Japan and South Korea????
     
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    youngindian Senior Member Senior Member

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    lf sir i don't think china has guts to attack Taiwan .
     
  7. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    They had their chance when the US economy was in turmoil if they didn't do it then ;they never will have the guts to do it.
     
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    lf sir American allies has surrendered china you see Australia,japan,skorea and also Singapore.what do you think china has ability to tackle NATO and us allies??
     
  9. ankur

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    i think it 's not about guts but about the perception of the chinese regarding thier capabilities that may play a part in their decision to attack taiwan.if they think they can defeat US with the capabilities they have even if they are not any where near matching US millitary they might attack taiwan.again they understand they cannot match US force by force therefore they are in developing asymmteric capabilities to defeat US.
     
  10. SHASH2K2

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    From where you got the information that Australia,japan,skorea and also Singapore have surrendered to china. They are having good business terms with china but it doesn't mean they have surrendered. they are all trying to improve their military capability. check all new weapons and systems they are acquiring you will get idea if they have surrendered or not .
     
  11. amoy

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    u can't take China's threats (or Taiwan's) at their face value.

    China won't attack Taiwan so long as the momentum of 'reconciliation' continues. Just at a glimpse of nuclear power stations under construction China deploys along the west coast of the Straits u get the idea of 'mutual assurance' to maintain status quo.
     
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  12. LETHALFORCE

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    They are clinging to their one China policy which they still have not been able to implement, but the continued adherence is a direct challenge for USA.
     
  13. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Huh! Haven't we all discussed all the same things before? Thread on taiwan exists. Why not use that? All such questions have been asked and answered there.
     

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