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U.S. completes sale of military equipment to Taiwan

China says move could have “serious negative impact” on relations with U.S.


 

The U.S. has publicly announced a deal to sell $6 billion worth of advanced military equipment to Taiwan. The agreement, which includes Patriot anti-missile systems, helicopters, mine-sweeping ships and communications equipment, comes as the U.S. has been bickering with China over Iran’s nuclear program and the state of Internet freedom in the country. Chinese officials responded to the sale by suspending “planned mutual military visits” with the U.S. and warning of the “serious negative impact” it could have on relations between the two countries. Under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. is legally obligated to provide weapons to Taiwan.

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U.S. completes sale of military equipment to Taiwan

  1. "China says move could have “serious negative impact” on relations with U.S.

    Ya think? I don't think there is any way this can be construed as a good move for the US. Its almost like they are TRYING to get China to cut the legs out from under their economy.

  2. Every American administration sells arms to Taiwan. I'm not sure there is an "obligation" to sell arms, but the sales are legal and far more transparent than anything Beijing does with its armed forces. Moreover, tensions over the status of Taiwan have greatly reduced because of Taiwan policy. Read the article by Bruce Gilley in the Jan-Feb 2010 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine entitled, "Taiwan's Love Affair with Beijing." The Chinese Politburo loves to huff and puff about its clout, but Beijing is largely a blow hard.

  3. if it wasn't the usa selling it would be france or russia