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DEFENSE MINISTRY REFUSES TO COMMENT ON REPORTED U.S. ARMS SALES

2004-03-05 22:59:57

    Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Huang Suey-sheng refused to comment Friday on a newspaper report that the U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to sell warships equipped with the advanced Aegis radar system to Taiwan.

    According to the report in the Washington Times, the Pentagon has signed off on selling Taiwan advanced warships equipped with the Aegis battle-management system, which is the basis of advanced U.S. sea-based missile defenses.

    Taiwan has been seeking to buy four Aegis-equipped Arleigh-Burke destroyers, but was refused by President George W. Bush in 2001. Washington offered the island four Kidd-class destroyers instead.

(By Maubo Chang)

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