Global Times: The U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan is a danger to Taiwan

 Global Times: The U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan is a danger to Taiwan

The U.S. Department of Defense said Monday that the United States has approved a total of about $2.2 billion in new arms sales to Taiwan, including 108 M1A2T Abramstank and 250 Stinger Portable Air Defense Missiles. When reporting on the arms sale, the American media generally mentioned that it was launched against the background of the ongoing Sino-US trade war.

M1A2 Combat Vehicle (Image Source: Associated Press)

This is the fourth Arms Sale to Taiwan by Trump Government in more than two years. Compared with previous governments, the total amount of 2.2 billion US dollars in Arms Sales to Taiwan is not big or small, but it is the largest amount compared with the first three Arms Sales to Taiwan by Trump Government. The U.S. governments arms sales to Taiwan have a gradual upward trend.

The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan were strongly restricted by the August 17 Communiquy of 1982, which stipulated that the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan should be gradually reduced until the final settlement. However, the United States later abandoned this commitment. Both the Bush Administration and the subsequent U.S. government had large-scale and relatively large-scale arms sales to Taiwan, which stimulated each other through the ups and downs of Sino-U.S. relations.

Now it seems that the solution to the problem of arms sales to Taiwan depends on the variables of the mainland itself. First, the growing military strength of the mainland has deprived Taiwan of its military significance by purchasing new weapons. Taiwans military expenditure makes it impossible to maintain the military balance between the two sides by purchasing weapons. Second, the strengthening of the mainlands national strength has enabled us to have more means to suppress external arms sales to Taiwan. In the past, France, the Netherlands and other countries had arms sales to Taiwan, but now only the United States is left.

The US arms sales to Taiwan have several purposes: to make money in order to maintain the influence of the United States on Taiwan, and to restrict the mainland of China by playing arms sales licenses. Washington knows very well that arms sales have long been meaningless to maintain the military balance between the two sides, but this is still a grand statement corresponding to the Taiwan Relations Act. The focus of US policy has shifted from safeguarding Taiwans security to other directions of the game with China.

For the Taiwan authorities, holding on to the United States is the basis for maintaining the existing cross-strait policy. They are more aware that the PLA has established an overwhelming advantage over the Taiwanese Army. Today, if we are determined to liberate Taiwan, it will be easier than the liberation of Peiping in that year. The purchase of American armaments has lost its physical significance, but what Taipei wants is the psychological effect, which is to declare the close relationship between Taiwan and the United States, and to cut a large chunk of Taiwans military expenditure to American arms dealers, in the same way as kowtowing to the United States and paying protection fees.

The US arms sales to Taiwan have become a long-term trouble in Sino-US relations, but for the above reasons, the intensity of the trouble is actually gradually weakening. The mainland has more dominance over the situation in the Taiwan Strait. We have always maintained restraint, but in fact we have the ability to shoot a case and change the rules of the game in the Taiwan Strait area. We have not used it, but it will work imperceptibly.

Mei Tai cant play too much. Once you play too much, you must pay the price. We might as well make a bold assumption: if one day the United States and Taiwan make arms sales that the mainland will never accept, and the mainland announces that if those equipment goes to the island, we will resolutely destroy them, what will happen then?

We absolutely believe that the Taiwan authorities will be the first to withdraw. Because if both China and the United States can experience a Taiwan-Sea conflict, that conflict will be an unbearable burden for Taiwan. Therefore, in order not to push themselves into such extremes, the Taiwan authorities first need to relax.

Taiwans security lies in properly handling cross-strait relations and fundamentally avoiding military confrontation with the mainland. As long as the Taiwanese authorities do not wander in the direction of Taiwan independence, it can be done. However, once we take risks in the direction of Taiwan independence and engage in resisting unification by force, no matter who it holds, it is useless. The mainland has always adhered to the policy of peaceful reunification. What the Taiwan authorities should do most is not to force the mainland to abandon this policy.

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Source: Global Times - Global Network Responsible Editor: Yao Wenguang_NN1682