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U.S. urged to pay more attention to cross-strait military imbalance

ROC Central News Agency

2011/01/26 18:14:15

Washington, Jan. 25 (CNA) A high-level visiting Taiwanese official called on the United States Wednesday to pay closer attention to the military imbalance across the Taiwan Strait, a result of China's aggressive military development.

Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said in a speech delivered at Harvard University on Taiwan's democratic development and the situation in East Asia that the recent test flight of a J-20 fighter, China's self-developed stealth aircraft, shows that China is leading other countries in East Asia in terms of weapons technology and military power.

China's rapid military modernization and expansion have caused big changes in the regional situation, and Taiwan is set to take the brunt of the increasing military imbalance, said Wang.

He urged the U.S. to sell Taiwan adequate and sufficient defensive arms, including F-16 C/D fighters or even more advanced aircraft, so as to enhance its defense capability, which Wang said is in the best way to maintain stability and security in the East Asian region.

Wang said that Taiwan insists on the principle of "economic exchanges ahead of political talks" when dealing with China, and he predicted no major breakthroughs in cross-strait political issues in the short term.

In addition to increasing cross-strait exchanges, Wang said, Taiwan will also make greater efforts to improve relations with the U.S. and other countries around the world.

Wang is on a 10-day tour of the U.S. that will also take him to Capitol Hill and the University of California at Berkeley. He is scheduled to return to Taiwan Jan. 31. (By Zep Hu & Bear Lee) ENDITEM/J

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