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China warns US against selling F-16s to Taiwan
Associated Press ^ | 3/09/2010 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/09/2010 9:43:29 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

China on Tuesday warned the United States against any future arms sales to Taiwan, including F-16 fighter jets the island has been pushing for in hopes of upgrading its air defense capabilities.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said China is firmly opposed to U.S. sales of weapons to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that the communist government in Beijing regards as part of its territory and has vowed to conquer by force if necessary.

Asked to comment on reports that Taiwan is pushing to buy F-16s from the United States, Qin said Beijing hoped the U.S. would "take China's position seriously and respect China's core interests and major concerns."

Incensed by the January announcement that the U.S. planned to sell $6.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, Beijing suspended military exchanges with the U.S. and has threatened to retaliate against U.S. aerospace firms involved in the deal.

Since Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou came into office in May 2008, Taiwan has consistently pressed the United States to supply it with 66 F-16 C/Ds, an upgrade on its present inventory of F-16 A/Bs.

The issue was underscored last month when a Pentagon report painted a grim picture of Taiwan's air defense capabilities, saying that many of the island's 400 combat aircraft would not be available to help withstand an attack from rival China.

Many observers saw the study as justification for the possible sale of advanced fighter jets to Taiwan. The U.S. says the F-16 request remains under study

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1 posted on 03/09/2010 9:43:30 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

China’s against it? well hell, give them a free one then for every 5 they buy. First tank of gas is on us.


2 posted on 03/09/2010 9:47:22 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

Barry’s going to cave. You watch.


3 posted on 03/09/2010 9:54:18 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Ronin

Yup


4 posted on 03/09/2010 9:56:16 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Prior to the Clinton administration China was a 3rd world country. Now they are ordering us around expecting us to obey. Within another 5 years we may be forced to.
5 posted on 03/09/2010 10:15:36 PM PST by Max_850
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To: Max_850

We won’t make it to 5 years at this rate.


6 posted on 03/09/2010 10:19:09 PM PST by Shaun_MD
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To: Max_850

I figure our nukes could kill about two thirds of their population and have the rest glowing green. Until China gets a decent missle shield and the ability to project its forces to our mainland we have very little to worry about. Give it thirty years.


7 posted on 03/09/2010 10:19:24 PM PST by utherdoul
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To: sonofstrangelove

China owns Jack Squat Barry, as well as SEIU, ACORN, Wall Street, Soros, etc., etc.


8 posted on 03/09/2010 10:19:28 PM PST by cranked
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To: Max_850

George Bush changed that process how?...


9 posted on 03/09/2010 10:20:26 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: utherdoul
Give it thirty years.

If this President has his way, in thirty years we won't have a missile shield or a nuclear arsenal.

10 posted on 03/09/2010 10:21:06 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: cranked
They supposedly have $800 billion dollars of US Debt.I stress supposedly.
11 posted on 03/09/2010 10:22:04 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

:) Suppose they would be screwed if we, the US, say...defaulted?


12 posted on 03/09/2010 10:23:20 PM PST by cranked
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To: cranked

Plenty of countries will default along with us and causing a economic disaster. The world’s economy are very interconnected.


13 posted on 03/09/2010 10:25:30 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: cranked

What American assets were nationalized by the CCP in 1949?

Add interest for the last 6 decades, compounded annually.

Call it even.


14 posted on 03/09/2010 10:25:32 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

lulz, I hear ya.


15 posted on 03/09/2010 10:26:49 PM PST by cranked
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To: cranked

Maybe this is Bo throwing the US weight around since he knows China’s playing some hardball?


16 posted on 03/09/2010 10:27:28 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

Like on Iran?


17 posted on 03/09/2010 10:28:11 PM PST by cranked
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To: sonofstrangelove
Keep Free China (Taiwan) free, if the commies don't like it, too bad.


18 posted on 03/09/2010 10:43:39 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never "free")
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To: sonofstrangelove

Screw ‘em, sell the planes. Thanks for the help with N. Korea and Iran China.


19 posted on 03/09/2010 10:51:00 PM PST by americanophile
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To: sonofstrangelove

Not only would I like to see us protect our Sphere of Influence and Allies, but 66 F-16s is over a 4 billion dollar deal. In 2009, Taiwan bought the 4th most weaponry from the USA.

Here are the numbers from Reuters, just in case anyone is curious. A record 38.1 billion dollars in arms deals were made in 2009.

The top purchasing countries in 2009 were United Arab Emirates ($7.9 billion), Afghanistan ($5.4 billion) and Saudi Arabia ($3.3 billion), followed by Taiwan ($3.2 billion), Egypt ($2.1 billion), Iraq ($1.6 billion), NATO ($924.5 million), Australia ($818.7 million) and South Korea ($716.6 million).


20 posted on 03/09/2010 10:52:31 PM PST by ATX 1985
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To: Sparky1776; militant2; TaMoDee; freedumb2003; PERKY2004

F-16 ping


21 posted on 03/09/2010 10:54:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: ATX 1985

Thanks for the numbers.Very Interesting.


22 posted on 03/09/2010 11:19:36 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: utherdoul

//China... Give it thirty years.//

I agree largely. But if China sides up with N. Korea, Iran, Venezuela et al. Then it could get very dicey for us, even with our nukes. The wild card would be the Russkies and what they would do. My bet is when the chips are down, they side with the USA.

Bottom line we need to quit starving Taiwan of strategic military assets. In this theater the F-16 qualifies as that IMO.


23 posted on 03/10/2010 1:25:41 AM PST by valkyry1
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To: utherdoul

For the record, the glow is blue, not green.


24 posted on 03/10/2010 1:43:04 AM PST by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: M. Espinola

bttt


25 posted on 03/10/2010 1:52:24 AM PST by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Toddsterpatriot
FREE TRADE IS WONDERFUL BUMP
26 posted on 03/10/2010 3:12:05 AM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: investigateworld

How’s that wayback machine working out for you?


27 posted on 03/10/2010 5:04:42 AM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot
So you are denying you mentioned the increased levels of homeownership here in the US was one of the benefits of Free Trade.

A Simple yes or no.

For the record: Yes or NO

28 posted on 03/10/2010 8:29:57 AM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: utherdoul
I figure our nukes could kill about two thirds of their population and have the rest glowing green. Until China gets a decent missle shield and the ability to project its forces to our mainland we have very little to worry about. Give it thirty years.

The downside to that is the jet stream would bring the fallout back here.

Already Seattle's vehicles are covered with China's coal ash.

Hmmmmmm

(Rethink downside aspect)

29 posted on 03/10/2010 8:32:42 AM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: investigateworld
So you are denying you mentioned the increased levels of homeownership here in the US was one of the benefits of Free Trade.

Rising levels of home ownership was not proof that free trade was a failure.

30 posted on 03/10/2010 10:10:00 AM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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