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BW Online | August 9, 2004 | Taiwan: Uncle Sam Wants You To Buy Arms

BW Online | August 9, 2004 | Taiwan: Uncle Sam Wants You To Buy Arms: "Taiwan: Uncle Sam Wants You To Buy Arms

It used to be an annual ritual: Taiwan's military attach�s trekked to Washington each spring with a huge weapons wish list. Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of China, predictably erupted in fury. The Pentagon would then scale back the size of the arms deal. But times have changed. Today, U.S. military officials regularly fly to Taipei to hawk sophisticated weapons -- as much as Taiwan can buy. 'At this point there are no real restrictions on what Taiwan can and cannot have,' says John J. Tkacik Jr., a China expert at the Heritage Foundation. "

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