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Taiwan Arms Purchases From The United States

30 December, 2015 (20:48) | General | By:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) reaffirms America’s commitment to arms sales the United States also continue to hold to the promise of the “Taiwan Relations Act” (TRA) set, and will continue with its arms sales to Taiwan in the future, stated on August 22 the non-Ministry of the Republic of China (Taiwan). According to an official of the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the American position regarding the arms delivery to Taiwan is clear, and this position was made clear recently during a meeting with mainland China on the part of the United States. The official is referring to a meeting between the U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his mainland Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan in Washington. According to media reports, the mainland Chinese representative of the Ministry of Defence stated, Guan Youfei, that the question of US arms sales to Taiwan probably should be treated in a working group of the United States and mainland China, which deals with military matters of mutual interest.

An official the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry explained that constitute reference that Chang’s call to stop arms sales to Taiwan is nothing new and the principled mainland Chinese position on this issue with the United States that have rejected such reports. Still, the official said: the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the United States enjoy mutual trust and open communication channels. According to previous practice, Washington Taiwan has Chang hail meeting in knowledge about and Taiwan has obsesses over the event and observed the following developments. “The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will America keep pushing, Taiwan according to the Taiwan relation Act” defensive weapons for sale to ensure that stability and peace. It was in the interest of both sides, the important safety and economic partners.” Washington’s stance on the arms sales to Taiwan was XI Jingpin by the American President Barack Obama, during his meeting with mainland Chinese leader in June confirmed. “He said America will continue with defense weapons Taiwan provide in accordance with the Taiwan relation Act”. Obama added that his Government supported the improvements in relations on both sides of the Taiwan road of in recent years and hope that this process will continue.

The Taiwanese Defence Ministry released a press release on the same day, which disproved U.S. reports saying America will change its position regarding the arms sales to Taiwan. According to the Taiwanese Defence Ministry bilateral relations rushed since the inauguration of Ma Ying-jeou in May 2008, from success to success, based on the restraint on government level and a surprise-free attitude. This healthy present condition is illustrated by the bilateral military exchanges, including Taiwan’s arms purchase from the United States amounting to US$ 18.3 billion Enacted in 1979 Taiwan Relations Act”, as a result of the termination of diplomatic relations with Taiwan on the part of United States, serves as the Foundation for America’s commitment to Taiwan.