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What is the US' aim behind arms sales to Taiwan?

By Wang Xinjun (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:25, May 24, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

At a time when the China-U.S. defense ministers just reached a four-point consensus and people are full of hope to the new stage of the military relations between the two countries, the U.S. Department of Defense submitted its annual report on China's military and security developments on May 18, 2012, again clamoring the "China military threat."

On the same day, the U.S. House of Representatives voted through an act, approving selling at least 66 F-16C/D fighters to help it to resist the so-called "military threat from Chinese mainland." This shows that in order to make an excuse for arms sales to Taiwan and other military measures, the report turned a blind eye to the development and progress of cross-Strait relations in recent years but emphasized the so-called "cross-Strait military imbalance."

People still clearly remembered the first two points of the four-point consensus signed by China-U.S. defense ministers. First, both the Chinese and U.S. militaries are committed to develop a healthy, stable and reliable military relationship under the framework of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win partnership. Second, continue to strengthen the strategic communication between the two defense departments and the two armies, enhance the strategic mutual trust through dialogue and consultation and properly handle differences and sensitive issues.

However, how does the United States "respect" its partner and "properly handle" differences and sensitive issues?

The U.S. strategists know exactly that the cross-Strait relationship is the core interests of China and the most sensitive issue in China-U.S. relations. Therefore, it has the most advantageous value to the United States on its strategy against China. The United States thinks that it can always grasp the initiative in the China-U.S. relations as long as it knows this point clearly. When handling the cross-Strait relations, the United States always keeps double-dealing and benefits from it, but the purpose and content are different at different times. In the past, Taiwan was "an unsinkable aircraft carrier" in the U.S. strategy against China and now it became a strategic pawn for the United States to set a new order in East Asia region.

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Mark at 2012-05-26121.24.24.*
The article makes valid points. The U.S. will always position itself to its own best advantage.
wende at 2012-05-2571.251.44.*
US aims: To earn money as arms sales is its only lucrative line of business. The other aim is to keep Chinese sleepless at night. US wants to pass on to China more "hot potatoes" so that China rise will be deterred and delayed.
Be careful at all times at 2012-05-24220.255.1.*
Have you seen who happened to Muhammed Gaddafi of Libya and the fast reaction to act on the "imminent" demised of Fidel Castro?China must be careful not to let the guts down. Be stable and strong at all times. Regardless of "human right actvist" or "Tiananment" replay be on guard of the proven white peril.
Ms. TSE at 2012-05-24219.77.40.*
East Asian economies have been prospered very steadily and impressively while the Americans were away burning money, men and weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is nothing more than natural that when robbers have no money, they try to rob or blackmail rich people.

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