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RIDICULES CLAIMS OF "ROBUST" U.S. DEFENSE PACKAGE
FOR TAIWAN- Says Administration Refused 5 of 6 Items Taipei
D.C. -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse
Helms issued the following statement today:
decisions on defense sales to Taiwan were wholly inadequate.
The administration would have us believe that they approved
a robust package for Taiwan, but in fact, only one of Taiwan’s
six major requests, the Maverick missile, was approved.
And given the Orwellian spin the administration is putting
on the long-range early warning radars, in which repeating
last year’s deal is being touted as a new agreement, why
should the American people be confident that the Maverick
sale will ever take place?
deja vu surrounds the AMRAAM announcement. The training
package announced yesterday was also announced in April
1999. Moreover, the notion of selling the missiles to Taiwan,
but not letting them take possession of them, is an insult.
What is Taiwan to do, call FedEx for its AMRAAMs after China
American people’s gullibility is likewise assumed with the
so-called maritime assessment. The air defense assessment
of 1999 argued for providing Aegis systems to Taiwan but
the Clinton Administration has refused to provide them.
Why should the American people believe the maritime assessment’s
recommendations won’t also be sent to the circular file
its failure to consult Congress on this matter, the Clinton
administration has once again flagrantly violated the Taiwan
Relations Act by giving Beijing a veto over Taiwan’s defense