China's arms sales may press US The US has been unhappy with China's arms sales to Iran for a long time. The most important reason for this is that the US suspects that after Iran receives these Chinese-made weapons, including Hongying-5 (HN-5, 紅纓五號) surface-to-ai 酒店兼職r missiles, armor-piercing ammunition, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, rocket artillery and sniper rifles, they will resell the equipment to the Taliban in Afghanistan. This would mean that Chinese-made weapons migh 膠原蛋白t become a threat to US military aircraft. Beginning this summer, US officials, including Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, started to express their concerns to China, but they have received a rather cool response from 關鍵字行銷the Chinese leadership. It said that these are normal arms sales, and that it doesn't want to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, in this case Iran. Under its policy to modernize the army, China is not only importing milit 小額信貸ary equipment from Russia, it also keeps increasing its arms sales to developing countries. Figures published by the US Congressional Research Service show that China has sold ammunition, especially missiles, to developing countries for an average amount of US$1 澎湖民宿.3 billion per year in the past few years. This is the fifth-largest amount in the world. Compared with the arms sales of countries like the US and Russia, it is still only a small amount -- less than one-eighth of US arms sales to developing countries. But because some of the coun 小型辦公室tries that buy arms from China are countries that the US regards as "rogue states" -- such as Iran and North Korea -- the US is still worried about it. Given these circumstances, it is possible that China will use its arms sales as a tool to threaten the US' international arms sales. In th 烤肉e past, China has always protested the US policy of selling weapons to Taiwan, but to its regret it has had no means to effectively respond to or counter it. But now the situation has changed. With the improved quality of Chinese arms and the expansion of its international arms sales, if the incentive is big G2000enough, the US government might decide to abandon the sale of certain kinds of arms to Taiwan if that is a condition China sets. If that happens, the difficult situation Taiwan faces with regard to its national security and modernization could become even more precarious because of this new form of arms sales-related pr 太平洋房屋essure that China may be exercising over the US. This could also result in further complications in relations between Taiwan and the US. The Taiwanese public must be vigilant. TAIPEI TIMES, Friday, Nov 02, 2007, Page 8 .msgcontent .wsharing ul li { text-indent: 0; } 分享 Facebook Plurk YAHOO! 住商房屋  .
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