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US announces Taiwan arms sale plans

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  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    US announces Taiwan arms sale plans
    BBC News Online

    The deal includes anti-missile defences and helicopters

    The Pentagon has notified Congress of a proposed arms sale to Taiwan, worth $6bn (£3.7bn). The weapons, including helicopters and anti-missile defences, are part of a package first pledged by the Bush administration.
    Beijing considers the self-governed island a breakaway province of China and reacted angrily, saying the move would "seriously damage" its US ties.
    Taiwan split from China at the end of the country's civil war in 1949.
    Beijing has hundreds of missiles pointed at the island and has threatened in the past to use force to bring it under its control.
    Beijing warning
    The $6.7bn (£4.2bn) package does not include F-16 fighter jets, an item highly desired by Taiwan's military.
    114 Patriot missiles ($2.81bn)
    60 Black Hawk helicopters ($3.1bn)
    Communication equipment ($340m)
    2 Osprey mine-hunting ships ($105m)
    12 Harpoon missiles ($37m)

    Source: Defense Security Co-operation Agency
    The notification to Congress by the Defense Security Co-operation Agency is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
    US lawmakers have 30 days to comment on the proposed sale, Associated Press reported. If there are no objections, it would proceed.
    The arms package includes 114 Patriot missiles, 60 Black Hawk helicopters and communications equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fleet, the agency said in a statement.
    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said the proposals would have a "serious negative impact" on co-operation between the US and China.
    In remarks published on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, he said the Chinese government was "strongly indignant" about the arms sales.
    Beijing has previously warned the US not to go ahead with arms sales to Taiwan. Ties between China and the US are already strained by rows over trade and internet censorship.
    The DSCA said the proposed sale would support Taiwan's "continuing efforts to modernise its armed forces and enhance its defensive capability."
    It added: "The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region."
    The US is the leading arms supplier to Taiwan, despite switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.
  2. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Hii kitu itakua kiti moto for Obama.

    The man got the Nobel Peace price for crying out loud na sasa his
    administration is peddling arms to China's percieved enemy. Then at
    the same time anataka ku-trade with the same Chinese to jumpstart
    the US economy.

    He needs to pull back on this one maana the Chinese wataanza zile
    war games kama za Iran but thier's will be more brazen.
  3. BAK

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    Mkuu nakubaliana nawe kabisa na hii kitu. Obama asipokuwa careful basi maamuzi yake yanaweza kuwa na athari kubwa sana. Sasa hivi Wachina ndiyo wamewakopesha US mabilioni ya $ ili kukabiliana na hali mbaya ya uchumi.

    Pia China katika reserve yake ya foreign currency wana reserve kubwa sana ya U$. Sasa kama Chinese Govt wataamua kuiangusha $ na hivyo kuathiri zaidi hali ya uchumi wa US basi wanaweza kufanya hivyo na uchumi wa dunia ukatikisika tena kwa kishindo kikubwa.

    Na hilo la Iran nalo China wanaweza kuwakingia kifua na hivyo baada ya miaka michache wakawa na ile kitu hapo itakuwa ni kasheshe ya hali ya juu.
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    Beijing summons American defense attache to lodge a ‘solemn protest’

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    BEIJING - China moved swiftly on Saturday to suspend military exchanges with the United States after Washington's announcement of arms sales to Taiwan, widening rifts in their far-reaching relationship.
    The Defense Ministry, in a strongly-worded statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, condemned the proposed U.S. sale of weapons to self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, which China considers an illegitimate breakaway province.
    "Considering the severe harm and odious effect of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the Chinese side has decided to suspend planned mutual military visits," Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying.

    Qian Lihua, director of China's Defense Ministry Foreign Affairs Office, also summoned the U.S. defense attache to lodge a "solemn protest" about the sales, Xinhua added.
    The Obama administration told the U.S. Congress on Friday of the proposed sales to Taiwan, a potential $6.4 billion package including Black Hawk helicopters, Patriot "Advanced Capability-3" anti-missile missiles, and two refurbished Osprey-class mine-hunting ships.
    Jeopardize bonds?
    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei told the U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, that the arms deal could jeopardize bonds with Washington, which has looked to China for help in surmounting the financial crisis, dealing with Iran and North Korea, and fighting climate change.
    The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have joined trade imbalances, currency disputes, human rights, the Internet, and Tibet among rifts dividing the world's biggest and third-biggest economies.
    Washington and Beijing have also recently traded angry words about Internet policy after the search engine giant Google Inc earlier this month threatened to shut its Chinese portal and pull out of China, citing censorship problems and hacking attacks.
    In coming months Obama may meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader China calls a dangerous separatist, adding to Beijing's ire with Washington.
    Vice Minister He hinted the anger would be felt in a number of areas.
    "The United States' announcement of the planned weapons sales to Taiwan will have a seriously negative impact on many important areas of exchanges and cooperation between the two countries," said He in the remarks, published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Web site (
    He said the arms sales were "crude interference in China's domestic affairs and seriously harm China's national security", words notably tougher than Beijing's recent statements on the issue.
    "This will lead to repercussions that neither side wishes to see," said He. He urged the U.S. to halt the planned sales.
    Apart from curtailing military ties with the United States, China's other options are less clear. Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to visit the United States later this year, which could prevent the situation getting out of hand.
    The biggest holder of U.S. treasury debt, Beijing has shown no signs it would use that leverage in retaliation, which could damage the value of its own vast dollar holdings.
    "Let's watch and see what they do, not what they say, because sometimes tough words in China are a substitute for tough action," said Susan Shirk, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and formerly a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for China and Taiwan.
    China could withhold potential cooperation on pressuring Iran over its nuclear activities, said Shirk.
    China curbed contacts with U.S. defense officials in 2008 after the then U.S. President George W. Bush flagged the arms package for Taiwan.
    Earlier this month, China tested emerging military technology aimed at destroying missiles in mid-air after Washington cleared a previously announced sale of Patriot missiles to Taiwan.
    "I think the price the United States pays will be heavier than the U.S. may have anticipated," Liu Jiangyong, an international relations professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University who has advised leaders of foreign policy said.
    Taiwan welcomes deal
    Taiwan's Defense Ministry welcomed Washington's decision.
    "Its sales of arms to Taiwan gives us greater confidence in pushing for an amicable outcome in our relations with China, and will help promote peace in the Taiwan Strait."
    Under President Ma Ying-jeou, since 2008 Taiwan has sought to ease tensions with the mainland and expand economic ties.

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    But Taiwan also worries China could develop an overwhelming military advantage.
    Jin Canrong, a Chinese international relations expert at Renmin University, said China should stage some kind of military show of force to express its anger.
    "We should try out our weapons," Jin said. "There's plenty of reason for it, as our core interests have been threatened."
    Taiwan has been ruled separately since 1949, when Nationalist forces fled to the island, escaping victorious Communist forces. Since then, Beijing has demanded Taiwan accept unification, threatening it could resort to force.
    Washington, under a 1979 act of Congress, is legally obliged to help Taiwan defend itself.
    Taiwan says China aims 1,000 to 1,500 short-range and mid-range missiles at the island, 99 miles from China at its nearest point.
  5. BAK

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    Wakiamua kuzidump hizo US bonds basi masoko ya hisa (stock exchange) duniani yataanguka vibaya sana na investors kupoteza trillions in U$ halafu U$ itaanguka kwa kishindo na nchi nyingi zinaweza kuamua kuikimbia na labda kutumia British pound au Euro badala ya US dollar. Obama hapa anacheza na moto asipoangalia ataipeleka dunia mahali pabaya sana kiuchumi.