Sunday, 29 April 2012

An F-16 Deal?

"In a dramatic change of policy, the White House is giving “serious consideration” to selling F-16C/D jets to Taiwan. Washington insiders said the move was totally unexpected and that it could trigger a new crisis in US-China relations."
I suspect Obama might be using the F-16 issue to push for a deal on something else; the timing is interesting, coming as it does immediately after the escape of Chen Guangcheng (陳光誠) into the U.S. embassy in Beijing and the recent turmoil within the CCP surrounding the removal of Bo Xilai (薄熙来) from power. What might that "something else" be if not some sort of democratic reform? Whatever it might be, offering up the continued denial of the F-16 sale to Taiwan as a quid-pro-quo is despicably cynical.

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