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Letter advises Hu

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Readers of the New York Times were reminded yesterday that Taiwan has been forced to buy weapons from the US and other countries because of the threat from Communist China. A letter to the editor written by Yih Jung-tzung (易榮宗), an official at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, noted that Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) criticized US arms sales to Taiwan in a speech during his visit to Washington. "What Mr. Hu chose not to mention is that Taiwan's defensive needs have been determined by China's consistent buildup of offensive weapons across the Taiwan Strait," Yih noted. He added that many US observers hope Hu will bring political reform to his country. "If Mr. Hu truly has a mind for reform, he has no better model to look to than Taiwan, which has transformed itself into a thriving democracy, sustaining economic development while protecting the rights and freedoms of its people," Yih concluded.

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