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Arms sales are an obvious violation of trust


Jakarta, IO – On August 17th, the United States and China honored the 40th anniversary of the United States-China Joint Communique on United States Military Supplies to Taiwan, in which the US committed to progressively reduce its arms sales to the island based on $192 million in sales in 1979. 

However pliable the statement, also known as the August 17 Communique, maybe in Washington’s eyes in terms of its language, what cannot be ignored is the US’s vow to progressively limit its armament supplies to the island in order to maintain strong bilateral relations between the two nations. 

But what the US has done has shown that it is not a nation that keeps its promises. Over the course of 43 years, starting in 1979, Taiwan has received more than $70 billion in arms sales. In little than a year and a half after taking office, the Joe Biden administration has already approved five batches of weaponry sales to Taiwan, totaling $108 million. This permission came from the US State Department. 

The US has long exploited Taiwan as a pawn in its plan to restrict the emergence of China, including through the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances. This is especially true now that China’s economy is the second-largest in the world thanks to its fast rise. 


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