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Recently there has been an unprecedented volume of talk, some of it serious, about the possibility that the United States could be backing away from its arms sales to Taiwan ("Taiwanese president's re-election may sour U.S. arms sales," Web, Jan. 17). This is a serious matter, with academics and officials alike having expressed their views on the implications of the outcome of Taiwan's recent presidential election.
U.S. officials have praised the re-election of Taiwan's president, even though it sets the island nation and longtime U.S. ally on course for closer ties with mainland China.
The fish farmers on the terraced plains above Taiwan's west coast are riding a China boom, exporting tons of sweet, flaky milkfish to the mainland, thanks to import duties Beijing lowered to win over the island's voters.
The Pentagon is investigating the joint avionics venture between General Electric and a Chinese company that was linked in the past to U.S. arms proliferation sanctions.
The opinion article "High stakes in the Taiwanese elections" (Commentary, Wednesday) by Parris Chang, a former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government official and legislator, is misinforming.
On Jan. 14, Taiwanese voters will elect the country's next president and parliament. Officials in both Beijing and Washington are closely watching the election campaign, for the outcome could affect both Taiwan-China and U.S.-China relations.
The leader appealed for further relations with Taipei during a centennial marking an anti-imperial revolution.
Your recent report on the status of defense in the Taiwan Strait ("Two Chinese jet fighters challenged U.S. spy plane over Taiwan Strait," Page 1, July 26) makes the groundless claim that Republic of China (Taiwan) President Ma Ying-jeou's policy has not lessened military tensions or improved Taiwan's defenses.
Two Chinese warplanes intercepted an American spy plane over the tense Taiwan Strait last month in China's most aggressive challenge to U.S. surveillance flights since a 2001 collision that touched off an international crisis.