MND hop­ing for con­tin­ued flow of ad­vanced arms from US

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Liu Chen-wu said Mon­day that his coun­try hopes Washington will con­tinue to pro­vide Taipei with ad­vanced de­fen­sive weapons.

“The R.O.C. (Re­pub­lic of China) wel­comes closer R.O.C.-U.S. mil­i­tary ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion,” Liu said in a speech de­liv­ered at the U.S.-Tai­wan De­fense In­dus­try Con­fer­ence 2015.

“Re­gard­ing de­fense ar­ma­ment, please con­tinue to ob­serve the Tai­wan Re­la­tions Act and the Six As­sur­ances to Tai­wan to en­sure that the U.S. gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to pro­vide de­fen­sive weapons and tech­nol­ogy sup­port for both hard­ware and soft­ware.”

Liu said con­tin­ued sales of de­fen­sive weapons from the U.S. are ex­pected to “pre­vent the PRC (Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China) from reck­lessly start­ing a war and fur­ther de­ter threats, which meets U.S. long term in­ter­est.”

The U.S. shifted its of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion to China in 1979 af­ter break­ing for­mal ties with Tai­wan.

The U.S. Congress then passed the Tai­wan Re­la­tions Act to con­tinue com­mer­cial, cul­tural, and other re­la­tions with Tai­wan, in­clud­ing Washington’s sup­ply of weapons to Taipei for self de­fense against pos­si­ble at­tacks from China.

The Six As­sur­ances are guide­lines used in con­duct­ing re­la­tions be­tween Tai­wan and the U.S., in­clud­ing Washington’s prom­ise not to set a date to end arms sales to Taipei.

Liu said Tai­wan hopes Washington will con­tinue to carry out those com­mit­ments by pro­vid­ing Taipei with ad­vanced fight­ers and diesel-elec­tric sub­marines along with other ma­jor weapons and plat­forms for joint counter air, sea con­trol and home­land de­fense oper­a­tions.

In the speech, Liu said that although ties across the Tai­wan Strait have been grad­u­ally im­prov­ing, Bei­jing has never re­nounced the use of force against Taipei.

Liu said China was the sec­ond big­gest mil­i­tary spenders in the world in 2014, only trail­ing the U.S., and its mil­i­tary spend­ing was up 167 per­cent from 2005.

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