U.S. Freezes $12B in Arms Sales to Taiwan




 
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June 11th, 2008  
rock45
 

Topic: U.S. Freezes $12B in Arms Sales to Taiwan


This is just plain sad, Bush I'm counting the days. Taiwan must be able to negotiate with China from a position of strength, I guess that's not happening.

U.S. Freezes $12B in Arms Sales to Taiwan


BY wendell minnick
Published: 9 Jun 16:02 EDT (12:02 GMT)

TAIPEI - As China and Taiwan prepare for their first official talks in more than a decade, sources in both Taipei and Washington say the U.S. State Department has decided to freeze all congressional notifications for $12 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan.
Sources are mixed on whether the freeze will extend through the remainder of the Bush administration or only until after the August Beijing Olympics. Fears in Taipei are the freeze could become permanent with a new U.S. president in January.
The freeze is part of an effort not to derail Beijing-Taipei negotiations, scheduled to begin June 11, or disturb plans by U.S. President George W. Bush to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
The freeze covers about $12 billion worth of weapon sales now being processed under the Pentagon's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and items still awaiting approval, including 30 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters, 60 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, eight diesel electric submarines, four Raytheon Patriot PAC-3 air defense missile batteries and 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50/52 fighters. The freeze does not include 12 Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, which have already been approved.
Sources are saying the State Department, along with heavy lobbying by officials assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, has been pushing hard to freeze arms sales to Taiwan to placate China. The freeze comes at a bad time for the U.S. defense industry, with expected cuts in defense spending and recent problems in the U.S. economy.
Beijing also has been successful at curtailing U.S. defense company activities in Taiwan. Boeing closed its Taipei office two years ago after threats that Beijing would curtail future sales of commercial aircraft.
In the first quarter of this year, the Taiwan electorate gave the Kuomintang (KMT) a sweeping majority in the legislature and elected its first KMT president, Ma Ying-jeou, in eight years. The election demonstrated public dissatisfaction with the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The return of the KMT gave Beijing the green light to go forward with formal talks on establishing direct flights, economic accords and a potential peace accord.



It's a long article link to rest
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php...82&c=ASI&s=TOP
June 11th, 2008  
AikiRooster
 
 
It is questionable that's for sure. I'd like to know the facts as to why the freeze? I assume perhaps, President Bush froze the deal to make the meeting easier for the Chinese to not be defensive and make the meet almost worthless as neither side would trust the other. Although, that's probably already the way things are anyway.
June 12th, 2008  
rock45
 

Topic: Weak


I think we look weak everything time we give into the Chinese on issues this like overall. We agree to the sales a few months ago then follow through then. The Chinese are huge trading partners with the US now and our two economies are joined deeply on many levels that makes it difficult. As much as China owns so many US T-bonds the situation works both way now they need us to do well also.
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June 12th, 2008  
AikiRooster
 
 
The thing the Chinese have on us though is that they don't really need us, we are beneficial to them but they don't need us. Also, their government doesn't seem to care too much about the people, so they seem to consider a certain amount of their population as expendable which makes them better able as a government to take more chances and not worry so much about public outcry. At least that's the way it seems to me.
June 12th, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
The Chinese... if you're not with the "in" crowd, you indeed are not a human being. You think I dislike the PRC for no reason? These guys are like this.
The whole reason why China is communist now is because during the days of the KMT and Chiang Kai Shek, the land owners treated the peasants like cattle. They worked them to death while giving them just enough to barely survive. It's not as bad but the system is similar with the Chinese in Southeast Asia. If the owner of a company is Chinese there is no way an Indonesian of any other ethnicity to climb to the top.
And not to mention, disappearing people is a regular day at work over there.
 


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