Taiwan opposition looks for accord on arms deal – Reuters

From The International Herald Tribune (link):

Taiwan’s main opposition party is building a consensus on an $11 billion U.S. arms package that has long been delayed by political wrangling, according to the party’s leader.

, chairman of the Nationalist Party, said the party was working with other opposition parties to put the issue to a vote in the Legislative Yuan.

The Nationalists and their partners in opposition have stopped the issue from getting on the legislative agenda more than 40 times since 2001, arguing that Taiwan can neither afford the arms package nor to provoke Beijing. The delay has fueled worries in Washington that Taipei is not serious about its own defense.

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