America’s Stake in Taiwan – WSJ

In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to protest a bill permitting the arbitrary arrest and extradition of citizens to mainland China. Hong Kongers were assured in 1997 that they would enjoy a “high degree” of autonomy when the British transferred the colony back to China. That “high degree” is dropping lower and lower. Five hundred miles northeast, in Taipei, the Taiwanese are watching the dispute closely. For them it foreshadows what “reunification” with China would look like. And for the U.S., it’s a picture of…

‘Western Pacific’: U.S. messaging in the South China Sea includes recommitment to Taiwan

Politics Trump poses with U.S. Air Force Academy graduates with Taiwan’s flag in the background. Jeremy GoldkornJune 11, 2019 Washington, D.C., is signaling its commitment to the Western Pacific — a favored umbrella term for any part of the Pacific Ocean that China claims as its own — more and more frequently, and in a number of ways. Here are two that made the news today: U.S. Marines release photo of Taiwanese major general at Indo-Pacific military talks The U.S. Pacific Marine Corps released photos showing Taiwanese Major General Liu…

South China Sea: Xi RAGES as Trump pursues new ARMS deal with Taiwan | World | News

The US, which is the main weapons dealer to Taiwan, would send over 100 tanks and almost 2,000 missiles to the island. There was outrage in China, who said they were seriously concerned after Taiwan’s defence ministry confirmed the sale. The move is believed to further heighten tensions between Beijing and Washington. It comes days after Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe said: “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs.” Though officially self-ruled since 1949, China has historically…

US prepares to sell $2B in weapons to Taiwan, testing China: sources

Female soldiers of an artillery unit take part in the live fire Han Kuang military exercise, which simulates China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) invading the island, in Pingtung, Taiwan May 30, 2019. Tyrone Siu, Reuters WASHINGTON – The United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, 4 people familiar with the negotiations said, in a move likely to anger China as a trade war between the world’s 2 biggest economies escalates. An informal notification of the proposed sale has been…

Exclusive: U.S. preparing to sell over $2 billion in weapons to Taiwan, testing China – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion (1.6 billion pounds) worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, four people familiar with the negotiations said, in a move likely to anger China as a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies escalates. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. M1A2 “Abrams” tank fires during U.S. led joint military exercise “Noble Partner 2016” in Vaziani, Georgia, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili/File Photo An informal notification of the proposed sale has been sent to the U.S. Congress,…