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Taiwan Quick Take: Armitage lobbied officials

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

Former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage lobbied on behalf of L3 Communications to be selected by Taiwan as the preferred contractor for the upgrade of P-3C aircraft the Chinese-language United Evening News reported yesterday. Armitage launched a consulting firm after stepping down from his official role in Nov. 2004. The story said Armitage wrote to Taiwanese officials including President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and national defense minister Lee Jye (李傑). Armitage's lobbying had brought "crisis awareness" to the Lockheed Martin Corp, which is also bidding for the contract, the story said. Given Lockheed Martin's long-term cooperation with Taiwan, it remains unclear whether Armitage's lobbying for L3 Communications would be successful, the story said.

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