Thu, Sep 29, 2005 - Page 1 News List

Lack of arms budget raises ire in US

FRIENDLY WARNING US lawmakers are getting `fed up' with the Legislative Yuan not passing a budget for Taiwan to buy US arms, a congressman said on Tuesday


A number of congressmen are planning to travel to Taipei next month to take part in the Oct. 10 National Day celebrations, and have signaled that the weapons sales will be a major topic of their discussions with Taiwan's leaders.

Chabot, like other Washington officials and politicians, has conceded that as a democracy Taiwan has the right to make its own defense spending decisions to assure it is "strong enough to deter hostile actions by the PRC."


"The United States has indicated that we will be there to back Taiwan. But to allow the strengthening of Taiwan's military to drag on for years and years is frustrating more and more members of the US Congress," he said.

"If Taiwan is strong," he said, "it will probably never be militarily tested. If Taiwan is weak, the challenge may come sooner than you think."

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