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Obama imperiling Taiwan: US group

CHINESE THREATRupert Hammond-Chambers, president of the US-Taiwan Business Council, said the White House ‘clearly views Taiwan as a barrier to US interests in Asia’

REUTERS AND CNA , WASHINGTON

Vance Chang (張鷹), spokesman at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, had no immediate comment.

Hammond-Chambers said several other arms deals that are in the works — including UH-60 Black Hawk tactical transport helicopters built by United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky Aircraft unit and PAC-3 missile batteries and missiles built by Lockheed and Raytheon — have been ready for notification to Congress for more than a year.

The business council had expected those sales would move forward after trips Obama made to China in November and a climate change conference in Copenhagen last month, Hammond-Chambers said.

“But it now appears as if that timetable is slipping,” Hammond-Chambers wrote. “The Chinese government can view these extended periods of delay, angst, and commensurate half-decisions and non-decisions as important improvements in their position on this issue.”

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