More Trump 4D Chess – Taiwan is Safe
I was worried. Trump made nice-nice with Xi, to get North Korea controlled, and I was afraid — Taiwan arms sales and support might be a casuality. Trump didn’t disappoint his 4D chess audience, he feigned a new direction with a history making phone call, which caught China’s attention, THEN reaffirmed the longstanding “One-China” making Xi happy — and now has moved his castle to the back row – by allowing Congress to do what it wants to do — arm Taiwan to the teeth.
Trump is a genius. Of course the media is deaf, dumb, and blind these days so this AP headline has no subtext, and reports as a Trump administration event, an arms sale arranged by the Obama administration, as you can see from the article I reposted below from 2015, when the deal was originally announced – but this is still important news and the news is still good, Trump could have cancelled this sale and that would have been bad.
By David Brunnstrom and Patricia Zengerle | WASHINGTON
(Reuters) – The Obama administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of a $1.83-billion arms sale package for Taiwan, including two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and other equipment, drawing an angry response from China.
The authorization, which Reuters on Monday reported was imminent, came a year after Congress passed legislation approving the sale. It is the first such major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years.
The White House said there was no change in the longstanding U.S. “one China” policy. Past U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan have attracted strong condemnation in China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province.
The White House said the authorization followed previous sales notifications by the administration totaling more than $12 billion under the Taiwan Relations Act.