Monday, February 1, 2010

China and arms sales to Taiwan

China is testing President Obama. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might not have been very convincing to the Chinese as to how the U.S. will react, although China has a history of such things. Remember the surveillance aircraft that China forced to land in Chinese territory during the first few months of President George W. Bush’s administration? How President Obama reacts should tell us (And China) a great deal. The weapons sales to Taiwan are routine to a large degree. Not as routine as our support of Israel, although I am certain that those two allies are somewhat expendable for the Obama administration. Maybe this is what China is attempting to ascertain. I am certain that China is not going to war over this issue, unless they think that they can get away with taking Taiwan without U.S. intervention. We will just have to wait and see.

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