The Chinese officialdom is up in arms recently over the United States’ plan to sell Taiwan weapons amounting to $6.5 billion. The arms package reportedly consists of “330 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missiles worth up to $3.1 billion; 30 AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters worth $2.5 billion; 31 UGM-84L submarine-launched Harpoon anti-ship missiles valued at up to $200 million and 182 Javelin guided missiles with 20 Javelin command launch units worth $47 million.”
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was in Washington last October 4 to personally thank the US government for the planned arms deal. Thru his spokesperson, President Ma told the US government that his country is committed to “upholding national sovereignty and security while promoting cross-strait peaceful developments,” and that latest arms agreement shows that “Taiwan and the U.S. have entered an era of mutual trust and the discord in the past eight years is over.”
But this rekindling of ties has earned the ire of China who vehemently opposed the deal.
“We sternly warn the United States that there is only one China in the world, and that Taiwan is a part of China.” This was the strong message sent by the Chinese Foreign Ministry who had already summoned the US charge d’affaires to protest the move.
According to its spokesperson, Liu Jianchao, the arms deal could put a major strain in Sino-US relations. He added that the deal violates prior agreements and “communiqués” between China and the US. It would also “grossly interfere in China’s internal affairs, endanger national security and disturb the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.”
Beijing has repeatedly stated that it won’t hesitate to invade Taiwan should it assert formal independence.
The US wants to engage China in a proxy war by supplying Taiwan with weapons and armaments. Apart from earning superprofits from the weapons sales, the US’ main objective is to capture China’s huge market in order for it to somehow assuage the ever worsening economic crisis it is currently in. Obviously the US, as they have already done so in several countries in the past, doesn’t want to get its hands dirty so they want Taiwan to do the job for them.
Though this is not the first time the US was at odds with the Eastern power over its dealings with Taiwan, (Between 1998 and 2005, the US has already sold $13.9 billion worth of arms to Taiwan. In 2007, when the US sold Patriot missile defense systems to the Island, an angered Beijing denied entry to several US warships who requested routine port access), this latest arms arrangement and China’s fuming response to it, sends scary undertones to the world especially in the wake of the US’ fiscal collapse – which is unprecedented since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The US is known to wage wars and instigate conflicts in the world, because it is big business for them. Thus, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the tension between China and Taiwan escalates in the near future.
But I know the Taiwanese government wouldn’t mind, their weapons are made in America.
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