News about Taiwan: A/B or C/D? – updated

I’m in a bit of an reorganization mode, so I’m renaming “Little Thoughts on Taiwan” to “News about Taiwan.” I will also be more specific in the title of the time frame of the articles. I hope this will keep things more organized since it will be focused on news that is in any way Taiwan-related. I can also make more in-depth blog posts on other topics.

“Letter: Our Government Works Just Fine, Thanks”
Foreign Policy. September 16, 2011.
The President of the Legislative Yuan responds to an article by Foreign Policy. I think it is important to remember that the democratic system that Taiwan has in place right now is really young. It was only in 1996 that the country held its first open election for president.

“Taiwan opposition chief open to China unification”
Associated Press via Yahoo! News. September 18, 2011.
I think this article has an awful title. The title fails to explain the situation. The real statement is that the DPP is open to unification with China if that is the wish of the majority of Taiwan. I’ll hand the explanation over to Michael Turton’s post.

“FEULNER: Look what we’ve ‘made in Taiwan’”
The Washington Times, September 19, 2011.
Commentary about the development of Taiwan and the importance of providing Taiwan with the proper tools to defend itself.

“Obama’s Taiwan Conundrum: Should the U.S. Authorize More Arms Sales?”, September 19, 2011.
A short history of the current situation regarding the sale of F-16s. I appreciate the paragraph that brought up further history on the original sale of F-16s in 1992 and China’s show of force in 1996.

“U.S. selling JDAM guided bombs to Taiwan”
The Washington Times, September 21, 2011.
Report of the official announcement by the Pentagon on the arms sales to Taiwan. It goes into details of the specific electronics. The basic idea is that Taiwan’s current fleet of F-16 A/B will be getting new electronics and be updated. Taiwan will not be receiving any F16 C/D. Members the Republican party are not happy because they support more military power for Taiwan. China is angry.

Update – Here are more articles that were online after this post was originally published:

“Arms Sale Draws Angry, but Familiar, Reaction”
NY Times, September 22, 2011.
“America’s arms sales to Taiwan: Delicate dance”
The Economist, September 24, 2011 (Print edition).
“Do we have a China policy?”, September 22, 2011.
“The Administration Gets Taiwan Policy Wrong”, September 22, 2011.
Various reactions to the sale of fighters to Taiwan. The first two articles describe China’s reaction. The last two articles are commentary that the U.S. should do more to provide Taiwan with the tools to protect itself from China.

“Kansas, Taiwan sign wheat sale agreement”, September 22, 2011.
“Taiwan to Buy 400 Million Bushels of U.S. Corn”
AgriMarketing, September 22, 2011.
Taiwan is buying millions of bushels of wheat, corn, and soybeans from the U.S. This just might be a good reason to protect the island.

“Dim sum for China: Why America should not walk away from Taiwan”
The Economist, September 24, 2011 (print edition).
“Where Asia left its heart: The curious durability of America’s Asian alliances”
The Economist, September 24, 2011 (print edition).
Two articles stemming from recent events. The first article give the argument that the U.S. needs to strongly support Taiwan given China’s tendencies. The second article analyzes how the economic ties between the U.S. and China are impacting the rest of Asia.


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