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The U.S. State Department informed Congress on Wednesday of a proposed sale of two warships to Taiwan as part of a $1.8 billion arms deal already angrily denounced by China.

The U.S.-Taiwan Business Council welcomed the news, but questioned why it had been more than four years since the last sale, and said the items were insufficient to meet an evolving threat from China.

Looks like Congress will have to spend taxpayer dollars to insult China to give Taiwan something she says she doesn't want. Mean while, American health care continues in a death spiral according to the GOP.

While Republican Senator John McCain also praised the proposed sale, it isn't clear how many $1.8 billion gifts the beleaguered American elderly, child and unemployed is ready to put under Taiwan's Christmas tree to do little but further meddle in Asia's "security".

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Congress will have to spend taxpayer dollars to insult China

I don't know the details of the deal, but what does the word sell in your country mean? It certainly doesn't mean gift.

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oops! Right, it will be the People of Taiwan spending THEIR tax dollars. Good point. oops.

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You can build islands, we can sell arms to our friends for defense. Simple as that. What is there to complain about? Don't like it? Stop building islands and threatening your neighbors.

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And hoping Taiwanese politicians don't sell their freedom and souls to communist China. Otherwise in the future, these weapons can face same scenario as in Iraq & Syria. How about installing a kill-switch activation for such unforeseen cases. But for now, it serves it purpose.

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It is but one move that the USA can make to counter the many "carrier" type islands being developed by China.

Whether it was forced or desired by Taiwan, we do not know. However, it is something the surrounding SE Asian countries including N&S Korea and Japan would certainly show a positive response to, provided Taiwan is "definitely" on USA side. If NOT, then it can be a major "threat" to SE Asia and and the rest of Asia.

That is a "big question" after the 2 Chinese (China's and Taiwan's) Presidents met with a handshake a month ago. USA does not know if this is but a way for China to "steal" US military technology. Or by this, China now has a second navy that is much better equipped, which has direct access to the Pacific.

Such is the "deception" being played by both side.

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I was all excited about Taiwan getting new defense toys until I saw that Senator John McCain was pleased about it; anything that dirty traitor supports has to have a shady side to it. After hearing that a Chinese sub lined up a firing solution on USS Ronald Reagan, I doubt that the U.S. Congress will object.

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We actually still had Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates to SELL? They were in the fleet back when I was in the Navy over 30 years ago! Looking at Wiki, it seems that Taiwan has been building new ones under license since 1993 as the Cheng-Kung class. So now they're going to get a couple of お姉さん to come visit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Hazard_Perry-class_frigate

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kcjapanDec. 17, 2015 - 08:30AM JST give Taiwan something she says she doesn't want.

What makes you think Taiwan doesn't want it? More Taiwanese today consider themselves "Taiwanese" rather than "Chinese" than ever before. As long as China continues to threaten Taiwan with war, Taiwan deserves the support of the entire free world. I hope to see an independent Taiwan in my lifetime.

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Again, oops.

"The U.S.-Taiwan Business Council welcomed the news, but questioned why it had been more than four years since the last sale, and said the items were insufficient to meet an evolving threat from China." - article

Happy now?

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McKeeby said the sale was in keeping with the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which commits the United States to providing sufficient weapons to maintain Taiwan’s ability to defend itself

There you go. So long as that is US policy, China is contained.

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Let the good reader also consider the driving force behind the quote from this article:

"The U.S.-Taiwan Business Council welcomed the news, but questioned why it had been more than four years since the last sale, and said the items were insufficient to meet an evolving threat from China." - article

And now for the reveal.

2008 to the present: Chairman, US-Taiwan Business Council, Paul D. Wolfowitz, Chairman (yes, that Wolfowitz)

Before the reader imagines there is a larger conspiracy afoot, there is. Some of the handiwork of that influential driving force has been revealed as well, and the Americans are paying the bill of its authors, and will for the next thirty-eight years.

Happy now?

A cautionary tone, as always, 'be careful what you wish for, you may get it'

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