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China Snubs Gates Over Taiwan Arms Sale

From a cheering Reuters:

China delays Gates trip in apparent snub for Taiwan

By Adam Entous

June 2, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has turned down a proposed fence-mending visit by the U.S. defense secretary, Robert Gates, during his trip in the region this week in what some American officials described as a snub to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Beijing has delayed several high-level military exchanges since January, when the Obama administration notified Congress of a plan to sell Taiwan up to $6.4 billion in arms.

Who does China think they are? They don’t own us. – Er, wait a minute…

But the proposed visit by Gates, who leaves for Asia on Wednesday, was the highest-level postponement to date and a sign of continued friction in relations at a time when the Obama administration needs Beijing’s help to rein in tensions on the Korean peninsula and to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Yes, if only we had not announced this sale, the Chinese would have backed tough sanctions against Iran and North Korea like gangbusters. What an annoying ‘distraction.’

[Gates] will be in Singapore starting on Thursday to attend a major security conference but Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said a proposed China leg "did not come to be."

A senior U.S. defense official said the Chinese told their American counterparts that it was "not a convenient time" to host Gates but they were not explicit about the reason why

Perhaps we still haven’t apologized enough for Arizona’s new immigration law to suit our Chinese masters. You know what sticklers they are about ‘human rights.’

But come to think of it, maybe we should just give them Taiwan. Maybe they would like us then.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “China Snubs Gates Over Taiwan Arms Sale”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “But come to think of it, maybe we should just give them Taiwan. Maybe they would like us then.”

    Maybe if we sent them our little problem in Arizona they’d like us better.
    I can dream can’t I?

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