Blues Trust China, Reject Arms
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.)