Reference News Network reported on April 11 that recently, Taiwan media released a rather thrilling news that US-made Patriot missiles will be deployed in Taiwan, which has aroused widespread concern from the outside world.
According to a report on the website of Taiwans Zhongshi Electronic Daily on April 8, the Pentagon announced that Raytheon had been granted a contract worth nearly $9.035 million to deploy the Patriot missile system in northern Taiwan. According to the announcement, the system will be deployed by April 3, 2024.
This report seems to have the effect of big news, but if you carefully consider its words and phrases, you can find the ambiguity in the text. Firstly, the term deployment is usually used to describe the actions of a specific force. The publisher of relevant information should be the defense authority or superior command body, and the deployed force should also have a corresponding number. Although radio reports quoted sources from the Pentagon, only American arms giant Raytheon Corp. was mentioned in the report to deploy the Patriot missile in accordance with a contract.
This unconscious description exposes the flaws of the publishing media. If there is a Patriot missile deployment and it is related to the United States and Taiwan, then the task should be carried out by the Taiwanese Army or the United States Army. How can a profit-making arms company deploy missiles according to the contract? Whats more, it doesnt say where the deployment of missiles in Taipei is sacred, even if its a mercenary sent by an arms company?
At the same time, the contract amount disclosed in this paper is also seriously inconsistent with the concept of deployment. As we all know, the Patriot missile with both air defense and anti-missile capabilities is expensive. The introduction of a full system would cost billions of dollars. Poland plans to spend $4.75 billion in 2018, and can only buy two sets of Patriot missiles from the United States. If the introduction of missiles is accompanied by the deployment of relevant professionals, the cost will only be higher. However, the amount of projects disclosed by Taiwan media is only 9.035 million US dollars --- in accordance with the usual practice of foreign arms exports and military deployment, less than 10 million US dollars may make it difficult for any army to deploy.
At this point, the reader must also feel that it is difficult to get the truth from the vague narrative of the Taiwan media. Therefore, we might as well look directly at the original sources released by the Pentagon to explore the news.
According to official information released on the Pentagon website on April 4, Raytheons contract to export Patriot missile related technology to Taiwan does exist. However, after careful checking the information of the US side, we can find that the so-called deployment is the Oolong created by the stealth exchange of words and concepts by Taiwan media. According to the Pentagon website, Raytheons Southeast Asia Systems Inc. received a contract worth nearly $9.035 million to support the Patriot missile system, with an expected completion date of April 3, 2024, which was monitored by the Army Contract Command.
According to the original US contract, the term support probably means that Raytheon will maintain or upgrade the existing patriot missile system of the Taiwanese Army. Considering the amount of less than $10 million in the contract and the high operating cost of the Patriot missile, the American Arms Companys ability to support the Taiwanese Army is limited to that.
In response to the military exchanges between Taiwan and the United States, Wu Qian, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense, stressed that China has noticed that the United States has recently taken a series of actions on the Taiwan issue. We firmly oppose both arms sales and military contacts between Taiwan and the United States. The Taiwan issue is Chinas internal affairs. It concerns the core interests of China and the national feelings of the Chinese people. It is not allowed to be interfered with by any foreign countries. The one-China principle is a recognized norm of international relations and the political basis of Sino-US relations. Any speech or action that undermines the one-China principle is tantamount to shaking the foundation of Sino-US relations. It is not in the fundamental interests of China and the United States. It is also very dangerous. (Wen/Vernon)
The picture shows the contract information draft published on the website of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Wang Xu_NBJS8023