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China Raps US Over Arms to Taiwan      08/22 06:23

   China "will not sit idly by" if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced 
F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, a senior Chinese army officer said Thursday while 
warning of other potential countermeasures in addition to punishing foreign 
firms involved in the deal.

   BEIJING (AP) -- China "will not sit idly by" if the U.S. proceeds with a 
sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, a senior Chinese army officer 
said Thursday while warning of other potential countermeasures in addition to 
punishing foreign firms involved in the deal.

   Beijing considered the sale a violation of previous U.S. commitments to 
China regarding the island it considers its own territory to be annexed by 
force if necessary, Col. Chen Rongdi, chief of the Institute of War Studies at 
the Academy of Military Sciences, said. He did not elaborate on what additional 
measures China might take.

   "China will not sit idly by," Chen said at a forum sponsored by China's 
official journalists' association. "Of course, we don't rule out additional 
measures."

   Beijing has repeatedly said it will levy sanctions against U.S. companies 
linked to a planned $8 billion sale and demanded Washington cancel it 
immediately. China has made such threats regarding previous arms sales by the 
U.S., but they've had limited effect because the companies involved are either 
important to China's own nascent commercial aviation industry or have little or 
no business with the country.

   Most recently, China pledged sanctions against the U.S. in July when the 
Trump administration said it was considering a $2.2 billion sale of tanks and 
air missiles to Taiwan.

   Both Chen and Col. Cao Yanzong, a research fellow at the institute, 
dismissed the ultimate effectiveness of the F-16V planes, given China's 
overwhelming air superiority and arsenal of short to medium-range missiles.

   The sale would be of little use "beyond making profits for American arms 
makers, while further undermining relations between China and the U.S. and 
China and Taiwan," said Cao.

   China fiercely opposes all arms sales to Taiwan but has specifically 
objected to advanced fighter jets such as the F-16V, whose Active 
Electronically Scanned Array, or AESA, radar is compatible with the F-35 
stealth fighters operated by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. The U.S. is 
also installing upgraded electronics, including AESA radars, on Taiwan's 
existing fleet of 144 older F-16s.

   The Trump administration informed Congress last week that it plans to sell 
Taiwan 66 of the planes and the U.S. State Department this week approved the 
sale. It now goes before Congress, where Taiwan enjoys strong bipartisan 
support.

   Despite a lack of formal diplomatic ties, U.S. law requires Washington to 
ensure Taiwan has the means to defend itself.

   Taiwan is a democratically governed island that broke away from the 
Communist Party-ruled mainland during a civil war in 1949.

   China has been stepping up military, diplomatic and economic pressure 
against the administration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused 
to embrace Beijing's "one-China principle" that regards Taiwan as Chinese 
territory.

   A semi-annual defense ministry report issued last month stated that China 
"has the firm resolve and the ability" to take control of Taiwan. "We make no 
promise to renounce the use of force, and reserve the option of taking all 
necessary measures," the report said.

   The document, titled "China's National Defense in the New Era," also pointed 
to specific intimidation tactics cited by many as partial justification for 
strengthening Taiwan's defenses.

   "Aiming at safeguarding national unity, China's armed forces strengthen 
military preparedness with emphasis on the sea," the report said. "By sailing 
ships and flying aircraft around Taiwan, the armed forces send a stern warning 
to the 'Taiwan independence' separatist forces."


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