US has not forced Taiwan to procure arms: defense ministry

Want China Times
Date: 2015-05-21

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday that it would be inappropriate

AH-64E helicopters which Taiwan purchased from US. (Photo/ROC Army)

AH-64E helicopters which Taiwan purchased from US. (Photo/ROC Army)

for it to talk openly about the nation’s request for arms from the United States, but added that Washington has not been dumping its arms or forcing Taiwan to buy them.

Ministry spokesman Major General Luo Shou-he said that before the US executive branch formally notifies Congress about the arms deal, it would not be appropriate for the ministry to talk openly about it.

He made the remarks after the latest edition of US-based Defense News reported on Taiwan’s plans to upgrade its arms capability and procurement in the wake of the rising Chinese military threat.

Luo said reports that requests for several kinds of arms and equipment by Taiwan are awaiting authorization from the United States are only speculation.     [FULL  STORY]

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