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ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN AIMED AT ENCOURAGING GOOD CROSS-STRAIT TIES

2004-04-03 13:41:56

    Washington, April 2 (CNA) A senior U.S. defense official said Friday that the United States' arms sales to Taiwan are conducted in accordance with a longstanding policy.

    Paul Wolfowitz, U.S. deputy defense secretary, made the remarks after testifying at a congressional hearing on military issues in response to media questions regarding the Pentagon's recent decision on arms sales to Taiwan.

    The Pentagon has announced that it will sell two long-range early warning radar systems to Taiwan and the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress March 30 of the decision to sell the radar equipment.

    Asked to explain why the Pentagon announced the sale right after Taiwan's controversial presidential election, Wolfowitz said that "we conduct our arms sales to Taiwan within the framework of a longstanding policy that is aimed at encouraging good cross-Taiwan Strait communications and encouraging a peaceful resolution of differences between the two sides." "We have got to keep pursuing that policy in a careful way, as we have for a long time," Wolfowitz added.

(By Jay Chen and P.C. Tang)

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