Arms Sales To Taiwan: A Means To What End? – Sam Black

From Center for Defense Information website:

On June 15, 2007, Taiwan’s legislature finally allocated funds to purchase part of a U.S. arms package. The package was proposed by the George W. Bush administration six years ago, but Taiwan’s lower house, the Legislative Yuan, has been unable to arrive at an agreement on how to fund the deal – until now. The systems under discussion included 12 P-3C Orion anti-submarine warfare aircraft, eight diesel-electric submarines, six Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile defense batteries, as well as upgrades to older Patriot batteries already in Taiwan’s possession. However, the Legislative Yuan only approved funds for the Orion aircraft and the Patriot upgrades. The sale will cost Taiwan NT$31.9 billion (about $973 million), far less than the approximately $18.5 billion value of the total package. This article will examine this decision and how it has been interpreted in the United States and in China. [Full Text]


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