MND hoping for continued flow of advanced arms from US
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.