[quote]U.S. to Sell Long-Range Radar Gear to Taiwan
Wed Mar 31, 2:28 PM ET
By Jim Wolf
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday it planned to sell Taiwan long-range “early warning” radar equipment worth as much as $1.78 billion, a deal bound to anger China at a tense time in cross-straits relations.
The planned sale “will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security and defensive capability of the recipient, which has been and continues to be an important force for economic progress in the Far East,” the Pentagon’s Defense Security and Cooperation Agency said in a statement.
The radars will boost Taiwan’s ability to “identify and detect ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and air-breathing target threats,” said the statement, sent to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday and made public on Wednesday.
The United States has pledged to help Taiwan defend itself against a Chinese attack. China threatened to intervene after President Chen Shui-bian recently won a second four-year term in an election that faces an opposition challenge.
Shirley Kan, an expert on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, said the announcement followed approval in November by the defense committee of Taiwan’s parliament of funding for the ultra High Frequency long-range radars.[/quote]