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China Policy Institute Blog » Home Page. China and the US F-16 upgrade sale to Taiwan. Author: Sheryn Lee, ANU The US confirmed last month that it will uphold a commitment to refurbish Taiwan’s aging F-16A/B jet fighter fleet in a US$5.85 billion arms package.

China and the US F-16 upgrade sale to Taiwan

This has once again sparked debate about whether Washington’s continued arms sales to Taipei serve the region’s interests in maintaining the cross-Strait status quo. Supporters of the weapons sales argue that they are imperative to ensuring Taiwan retains a self-defence capability. China Leadership Monitor current issue. Since the first sweeping structural reform of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 1985, the military media have periodically floated trial balloons about deeper restructuring, but the political realities of the situation have consistently stymied the proposed changes. In early 2014, the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the PLA was planning to make the most significant modifications to its command and control structure in almost 30 years, replacing its administrative, geographically oriented military region system with a mission-oriented configuration designed to match the increasing “joint” orientation of its deployed forces.

To the surprise of many, official Chinese media organs did not reject the report out of hand, but instead expressed dismay that the information had been disseminated prematurely, and grudgingly acknowledged plans to carry out the changes. China Brief - The Jamestown Foundation. Old Wine in an Ancient Bottle: Changes in Chinese State Ideology March 20, 2014 Only a year since assuming the top Party post in November 2012, Xi Jinping has emerged as the strongest Chinese leader in decades.

China Brief - The Jamestown Foundation

His sweeping anti-corruption and mass line campaigns have shaken the bureaucracy, consolidated his... Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. 財團法人海峽交流基金會. China Broadcasting Corporation World Wide Web. China Television Company - CTS. The View from Taiwan. The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato. Echo Taiwan. The Foreigner in Formosa. Admittedly the competition is stiff, but Joe Hung goes full Goebbels with his latest screed on March 24th's government eviction of student protesters from Taiwan's Executive Building.

The Foreigner in Formosa

Claims Joe about Ma Ying-jeou's bloody crackdown: "The force used to expel the Black Island Nation Youth Front mob wasn't violent at all. " [Emphasis added] Refutation comes from the equivalent of a thousand words: (Image from 4am.tw) Frozen Garlic. China Times: high-quality rich media. 聯合新聞網:觸動未來 新識力. 亞洲週刊. Taipei Times. China Post Online - Taiwan, News, Breaking News, World News, and News from Taiwan │英文報紙│英文時事│英文新聞-英文中國郵報. Taiwan Direct.