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Maintain Embargo on Arms Sales to China

September 26, 2004

In the Sept. 21 editorial, "Hu's Window of Opportunity," the assertion that a military clash in the Taiwan Strait would quickly draw in the United States and force the international community to take sides is an important reminder that this region remains a potential flash point with devastating consequences that best be avoided. Yet Beijing now has more than 500 ballistic missiles positioned along its southern coastal provinces aimed at Taiwan, a free and democratic sovereign nation of 23 million people.

An alarming development is on the horizon as some European Union members suggest lifting the ban on weapons sales to Beijing. This would undoubtedly lead to instability and an arms race in the region, and at worst encourage terrorism. Taiwan agrees with the U.S. that the ban stay in place. We urge the EU to stick to the ban to avoid conflict and promote peace.

Eddy Tsai

Dir., Information Division

Taipei Economic and

Cultural Office, Los Angeles

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