Thursday, September 08, 2005

Blues Trust China, Reject Arms

The heads of the two main Pan Blue parties, Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang and James Soong of the People First Party, have agreed to oppose the special arms budget requested by the Ministry of National Defense. The ministry recently reduced the size of the arms budget by shifting some weapons to the general military budget in hope of gaining Pan Blue support. According to the China Post, the weapons were rejected because they are
still too expensive, unnecessary and against the people's wishes.

Most amazing about this whole ordeal is a quote from James Soong explaining the decision:
In May, when I went to China, (Chinese President) Hu Jintao clearly said if Taiwan doesn't pursue independence, there won't be any military threat in the Taiwan Strait.
Mr. Soong is taking the word of President Hu that Taiwan needn't fear China and thus doesn't need to buy more sophisticated weaponry. This is baffling to say the least.

For a look at why this weaponry is necessary, see here, even though all of my arguments are apparently negated by a promise or two from Hu Jintao.

Update: I was left so speechless by Soong's comment that I couldn't think of a relevant comparison, but now I am leaning toward Neville Chamberlain saying he could trust Hitler. (Note: I'm comparing Soong to Chamberlain, NOT Hu to Hitler. I despise Hitler comparisons as much as the next guy.)