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Taiwan Quick Take: Schriver clarifies letters

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Randy Schriver, former US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and a founding partner of Armitage International LC, the consulting firm launched by former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, said in an interview with the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister paper) that Armitage's letters to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and other top government officials asking for a competitive tender for the purchase of P-3C anti-submarine aircraft and mentioning L3 Communications' contracts in South Korea and New Zealand did not amount to an endorsement of its products. According to Schriver, the letters were only intended to stress the point that a competitive tender would assure that Taiwan would get the best price for the product, and express support for Taiwan to ask the US Navy to open up a competitive tender for the contract.

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