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The US worries about Taiwan's military transfer to China

The US worries about Taiwan's military transfer to China
The US worries about Taiwan's military transfer to China
The US worries about Taiwan's military transfer to China

The US is considering to postpone arms sales to Taiwan until 2011 in light of the island's eroding resolution to defend itself, said Chai Trong-rong, a legislator of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), in a Liberty Times report today.

Chai, a long-term pro-independence hawk, quoted an unidentified media report yesterday, saying that President Ma Ying-jeou's China-centric policy worries its perennial ally, who even fears the transfer of high-technology weapons from the island to China.

The military cooperation and weapons exchange between the two countries are authorized in the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a cornerstone of the stability in Taiwan Strait and the island's talisman against its communist neighbor. James Steinberg, the Deputy US Secretary of State, had once made it clear that the US arms sales with Taiwan have nothing to do with China, said Chai.

However, the lawmaker said, many military analysts in the US had expressed their concerns about the arms sales after Ma announced a plan to ink peace agreement with China and launched the so-called “Diplomatic Truce” in his foreign policy.

Pressure from China also amounted to the fracture in the relationship between the US and Taiwan. Furthermore, it would be a national disaster for the US if its weapons sold to Taiwan were transferred to China, a potential hegemony in the Asia Pacific regions, Chai went on to warn.

Wong Chin-chu, another DPP lawmaker, lashed at the Ma administration for its disregard for Taiwan's national defense. “You cannot be kidding when it comes to the lives of Taiwanese,” said Wong.


Updated : 2021-12-08 14:14 GMT+08:00