Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sell Arms to Taiwan

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission has almost finished a report urging the Bush Administration to approve arms sales to Taiwan, according to a Taipei Times article. Taiwan is currently attempting to purchase 66 F-16 C/D fighter airplanes.

The report will also suggest joint US/Taiwanese military exercises.

China at the Top

President Hu Chintao was reappointed as chairman by the Communist Party Central Committee on Monday 22 October 2007.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Taiwan has no Nukes

Taiwan News Online reported 21 October 2007 that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said Taiwan had no missiles or plans to develop them. Prompted by accusations from Su Chi (蘇起), who claimed Chen had ordered the Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) to develop the nuclear weapons, Chen said, "there is no nuclear missile in Taiwan" and that his administration "is not going to develop any nuclear missiles."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Annual Report to Congress

Military Power of the People's Republic of China, 2007.

US Investigates Chinese Helicopter Engines

Canadian-made engines have been used in China's first domestically developed attack helicopter, according to a 23 October 2007 Reuters story. The PT6 engine was developed over 40 years ago. United Technologies Corp in Canada said that the engines were sold to be used on the civilian version of the aircraft, with a Chinese version to be used in the military helicopters. The Chinese claimed delays in developing their own engine caused the Canadian-built units to be used.


This space will be devoted to one of my great interests, Sino-American relations, with a special focus on forecasting potential threats. I hope this will be informative and useful for you.


John R. Shirley