In a policy speech on Taiwan, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Shear has pledged that arms sales will continue, that there will be a new drive for better trade relations and that Washington will support Taipei in its push to play a greater role in world affairs. \nQuestioned about a perceived hesitancy by the US to sell new weapons, he said: “There is no hesitancy on the US’ part to sell arms to Taiwan. We made a US$6.4 billion notification to Capitol Hill at the end of January, which was a very important step and demonstrates our commitment to Taiwan’s security under the Taiwan Relations Act. I am concerned in ensuring that the Taiwan side feels secure and that the US side is fulfilling its commitments.” \n“We are in constant touch with the authorities in Taiwan and we always hear their views as we consider what we are going to do about future possible arms sales,” he said as he delivered the keynote address at a Carnegie Endowment conference in Washington on cross-strait relations. \nPressed about China’s military superiority over Taiwan, he said: “We are always looking at the cross-strait military balance. We are always looking at Taiwan’s defensive needs. It is clear that Chinese deployments across the [Taiwan] Strait have not changed as much as the economic dialogue has and we are concerned about that.” \n“We would like to see the Chinese consider more carefully the level and nature of their deployments across the Strait. But I think that President Ma [Ying-jeou (馬英九)] as his administration negotiates with his Chinese counterparts, can be assured of US support. That is one of the fundamental roles that US arms sales play in terms of giving confidence that the Taiwan side needs to negotiate effectively with the Chinese side,” he said. \nShear refused to speculate on the possibility that the US might help Taiwan develop its own missile systems, but he appeared to deny recent reports that the US has put a “freeze” on arms sales. \nHe said that US policy toward Taiwan was based on “a few simple principles.” \nFirst, the US does not support independence; second, the US insists that cross-strait differences be resolved peacefully and according to the wishes of the people on both sides of the Strait; and third, the US welcomes active efforts on both sides to engage in a dialogue that reduces tensions and increases contacts of all kinds across the Strait. \nShear said the US was opposed to unilateral attempts by either side to change the status quo and was “fully committed” to making available to Taiwan “articles and services” necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient defense.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s