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US arms sales creating ‘vicious circle’

MAGIC ROUNDABOUT:An academic report said that political considerations associated with arms sales are forcing Washington, Taipei and Beijing to make bad policy decisions

By J. Michael Cole  /  Staff Reporter

The report then characterizes China’s rapid militarization as a reaction to US arms sales to Taiwan.

“The PLA [People’s Liberation Army] feels obliged, and has been tasked, to show it can deal militarily with Taiwan,” it says. “A manifestation of this is that this is happening despite an environment of increasing cross-strait economic activities, contact, and tourism.”

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