Peace prize winner to sell arms (4)

08:46, December 11, 2009      

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Jin noted that arms dealers in the US had suspended production of these submarines and re-launching the production line for eight items would be costly. "In the meantime, few dealers would be willing to fulfill the contract for fear of sanctions." Jin said.

Dai said "only arms dealers in the United States would profit from the sales. But Taiwan authorities cannot count on these arms purchased from the US, as weapons do not guarantee the security of Taiwan."

The arms sales could cast a shadow over what had been rapidly improving relations between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland following the election of Ma Ying-jeou as Taiwan's leader in 2008.

Such a plan serves the US' strategy to deter China's development, Dai added.

Chen Yixin, of the Graduate Institute of the Americas at Taiwan's Tamkang University, said the US has followed a strategy of balance in dealing with the mainland and Taiwan.

The decision to sell arms is to appease Taiwan following a wave of criticism against Obama for his "overly softened stance" toward the mainland during his China visit, Chen said.

It is the rule of the game by huge powers. The US is to keep up its "seesaw tricks" in dealing with cross-Strait ties, Chen added.

Source: Global Times
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