Posted by: mulrickillion | October 18, 2011

The United States and Taiwan: Dim sum for China


Why America should not walk away from Taiwan

Sep 24th 2011 | from the print edition, The Economist

EVER since the Nationalist KMT, the losing side in the Chinese civil war, fled to Taiwan in 1949, China’s Communist rulers have reserved the right to take back by force what they see as a renegade province. When America broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 and recognised China instead, Congress passed a law obliging the administration to “provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character” to guard against a hostile mainland.

That support seems to be wobbling. This week Barack Obama agreed to refurbish Taiwan’s ageing fleet of F-16 fighter jets (see article), but Chinese objections made the deal less advantageous than it would have been. Meanwhile, a small but influential chorus of academics and policymakers is arguing that these should be America’s last arms sales to Taiwan.

What has changed to justify this shift?. . . .

The United States and Taiwan: Dim sum for China | The Economist


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