US announces $6bn Taiwan arms sale plans

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  1. enlightened1

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    The Pentagon has notified Congress of a proposed arms sale to Taiwan, worth $6bn (£3.7bn).

    The weapons, including helicopters and anti-missile defences, are part of a package first pledged by the Bush administration.

    Beijing considers the self-governed island a breakaway province of China and reacted angrily, saying the move would "seriously damage" its US ties.

    Taiwan split from China at the end of the country's civil war in 1949.

    Beijing has hundreds of missiles pointed at the island and has threatened in the past to use force to bring it under its control.

    Beijing warning

    The $6.7bn (£4.2bn) package does not include F-16 fighter jets, an item highly desired by Taiwan's military.

    The notification to Congress by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

    US lawmakers have 30 days to comment on the proposed sale, Associated Press reported. If there are no objections, it would proceed.

    The arms package includes 114 Patriot missiles, 60 Black Hawk helicopters and communications equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fleet, the agency said in a statement.

    Beijing has already warned the US not to go ahead with arms sales to Taiwan. Ties between China and the US are strained by rows over trade and internet censorship.

    The DSCA said the proposed sale would support Taiwan's "continuing efforts to modernise its armed forces and enhance its defensive capability."

    It added: "The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region."

    The US is the leading arms supplier to Taiwan, despite switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

    PROPOSED ARMS SALE
    114 Patriot missiles ($2.81bn)
    60 Black Hawk helicopters ($3.1bn)
    Communication equipment for F-16 fleet ($340m)
    2 Osprey mine-hunting ships ($105m)
    12 Harpoon missiles ($37m)
     
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  3. A.V.

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    US to sell missiles, ships, helicopters to Taiwan

    WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on Friday unveiled plans to sell more than six billion dollars in arms to Taiwan, including missiles and helicopters,
    but did not meet Taipei's request for F-16 fighter jets.

    Amid speculation Washington was preparing to act on Taiwan's request for weapons, China had warned Washington against more arms sales to the island.

    The arms package includes Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and communications equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fleet but no new fighter aircraft that had been part of Taipei's wish list, according to the Defense Cooperation Security Agency.

    Under the proposed sale, Taiwan would receive 114 Patriot missiles -- worth 2.81 billion dollars -- and 60 Black Hawk helicopters -- worth 3.1 billion dollars, as well as Harpoon missiles and mine-hunting ships, the agency said in a statement.

    Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, despite warming ties with Beijing, has appealed to the United States for weapons, saying the island must stay on guard in light of the mainland's sharp rise in military spending.

    Washington is the leading arms supplier to self-ruled Taiwan, despite switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

    China and Taiwan split at the end of a civil war in 1949. Beijing still views the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

    During his visit to China in November, US President Barack Obama reiterated that the United States believed there was only one China.

    The United States is required by law to provide Taiwan with weapons of a defensive nature, under the Taiwan Relations Act.


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...rs-to-Taiwan-Pentagon/articleshow/5515191.cms
     
  4. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    China urges US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

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    The US abides by those treaties or communiques only when they're in its interest. No surprise for a unipolar or a good 'businessman' - Let's see China's tit-for-tat response, in issues such as N. Korea Nuclear program, Iran...
     
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    Finally obama has shown he has got some balls. he has been bending over in front of the chinese for too long. I am loving this. China has threatened the US of economic fall out. really!!! What a sad joke that is. Who the hell will they sell their cheap stuff if the US doesn't buy?
     
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    That's what almost every US administration plays - arms sales to Taiwan - a leverage against China and also to please the lobbyists for the arms exporters Lockheed Martin alike.

    thats why it's a correct policy nowadays to unleash the enormous demand within China herself by tax rebates . Formerly China has been too much relying on export i.e. foreign demands while the domestic consumption has been depressed somehow.

    Those 'cheap' stuffs unlike 'hitech' things are mostly related to people's daily life. Besides don't forget despite the trade surplus China is the No.1 buyer of the US's Boeing airplanes and other more value-added items.
     
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    i bought a chocolate in US, chocolate made in US, Tin made in China.

    If it threatens to stop its export means they are doing like an elephant putting sand in its head. China and US are close trade partners. So i dont except anything worse
     
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    This move should really upset china, but there is nothing they can do about it .

    Infact if china can supply defence hardware to pakistan and support them on kashmir, why cant india have defence relations with taiwan ?
     
  9. LETHALFORCE

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    What would we gain from having defence relations with Taiwan?? They already have USA and Japan's support and there is not much of a weapon manufacturing base to interest India.
     
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    traditionally taiwan and india are not the best of friends. Remember Nehru played a good role in supporting China and oust taiwan from the UN.
     
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    very true , but times changing. before cold war israel was not our friend. relationships need to be build.
     
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    If we want relations in that part of the world we have quiet a few already Japan,Singapore,Malaysia,Indonesia,and South Korea,Vietnam. Taiwan is not worth the time or the headache, it has been used as leverage against China by the West and for China it has become a symbolic issue, for us it is meaningless. Israel Indian ties were bound to happen after decades of not recognizing Israel and supporting the Palestinian cause and gaining nothing from it and being shunned by the OIC it was the next logical step to abandon a useless policy and start diplomatic ties and a new policy.
     

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