Sunday, 4 September 2011

Congressional Rearguard Action On TRA

"A senior committee aide confirmed to the Taipei Times on Friday that Ros-Lehtinen planned to introduce a bill soon after the US Congress reconvenes on Tuesday... and would quickly call a hearing on Taiwan policy.

“There is a huge amount going on behind the scenes to push for this sale to be approved,” Los Angeles based Formosa Foundation executive director Terri Giles said.

Ros-Lehtinen’s proposed new legislation is still being written by committee staff, but sources said that it would be called the Taiwan Policy Act of 2011."
William Lowther in his Taipei Times headliner today. In so far as arms sales to Taiwan's MND are concerned, I'd be very surprised if these efforts yield substantial wins before the next Presidential election - though it is Clinton who will be the one trying to block this rearguard action.

To maintain peace, prepare for war; the people of Taiwan must have the means of deterring overt PLA aggression.

High-end military gear, however, is not the only kind of weapon: depoliticizing and possibly decentralizing reforms must also be considered.

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