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So the US claims there will be no change in policy, just another drop in the bucket article showing increasingly that the F-16 deal will go ahead.Originally Posted by Taipei Times
In the actual political context, I do not think Mr Pres. Obama will allow the F-16 C/D sale to Taiwan ROC. That s my point! Perhaps by the end of 2010. How much money did China lend to the USA during the crisis?
Another thing, China could also be using Taiwan as leverage against the US. Like a bargaining, China can say to the US "hey we've made concession with you on the issue of Taiwan and let the arms sale go through. What can you do for us?"
Last edited by vesicles; 11-11-2009 at 11:15 AM.
However, I think that China will be lobbying to stop a sale before it is approved. It will do so quite strongly too. China still wants to gain and sustain an overwhelming military advantage over Taiwan. It can't do that if the US continues to make significant arms sales to the country.
China may be the immediate reason for buying arms but they would still be bought even if it wasn't a threat.
U.S. pledges new arms sales to Taiwan
The United States plans to resume arms sales to Taiwan and warned of a build-up of missiles aimed at the island by China, a top U.S. diplomat said Tuesday.
Washington has not struck any new arms deals with Taiwan since President Barack Obama was sworn in at the start of the year, sparking concerns in Taipei that sales had been informally suspended.
Beijing opposes all U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and has called previous deals a sticking point in Sino-U.S. relations.
Tuesday, however, Washington's top diplomat in Taiwan said weapons sales would continue under Obama, although he declined to give specifics.
"The number (of Chinese missiles) continues to grow," Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei, told a news conference.
Taiwan leaders say China has aimed 1,000 to 1,500 short-range and medium-range missiles at the island.
"It's a form of threat," Burghardt said. "That's the only way to look at it. Of course they should remove the missiles."
China has claimed sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan since 1949, when Mao Zedong's forces won the Chinese civil war and Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists fled to the island.
Beijing has vowed to bring Taiwan under its rule, by force if necessary.
Washington recognizes China diplomatically and is seeking to improve relations with the Asian economic powerhouse, but the U.S. is also Taiwan's closest informal ally and obliged by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act to help with its defense.
Taiwan is seeking a $4.9 billion deal for 66 advanced F-16s to modernize its military. Burghardt said the request was being evaluated.
Selling weapons to Taiwan is the worst way to help them.
According to the China Times the Taiwanese airforce and AIDC have signed a contract for the upgrade of 71 IDFs to C/D standard. Some good news before Christmas.