Highlights

The United States of America formally approved the potential sale of three weapon systems, missiles and artillery to Republic of China. The 3 weapon systems could have a total cost of $1.8 billion.

US also approved Lockheed Martin’s 11 truck-based rocket launchers called a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System for an approximately cost of $436 million.

United States also approved 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) Missiles & associated instruments created by Boeing Company, for an estimated cost of $1 billion and 6 MS-110 Recce external sensor pods developed by Rockwell Collins Aerospace for jets, at an approximate value of $367 million.

China’s stand over the Defence deal

People’s Republic of China has condemned United States plans to trade advanced weapons – including High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) Missiles, to Republic of China (Taiwan).

About China-Taiwan issue

The Taiwanese Parliament (Legislative Yuan is the unicameral legislature) has passed the Anti-Infiltration Bill which sent the associations between Taiwan and China to a new low. Anti-Infiltration Bill has been passed on account of the news that China has been affecting the media in Taiwan through illicit means, to affect the upcoming political elections.

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen has dropped the Xi Jinping’s call for coalition under a “One Country Two Systems” approach and vowed to safeguard the island nation’s sovereignty. Tsai Ing-wen continued that the Hong Kong model would not work for Republic of China, as self-government and dictatorship cannot exists side-by-side in the same country. China, however, claims Taiwan as its region and wants to bring it below china’s control even if it needed the use of force.

One-China Policy

The One China policy acknowledged the long-held location in Beijing that there is only one Mainland China, and that Republic of China is a region of that.

One-China policy: Any country desiring to initiate diplomatic relations with Mainland China must receive there is only “One China” and cut off all formal tie-ups with Taiwan (Republic of China). One China policy is also different from the “One China principle”, which hold on that both Republic of China and mainland China are inalienable regions of a sole “China.”

One Country Two Systems of China

One country, two systems was first developed by Deng Xiaoping (paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China from 1978 until 1989) as a way to restore the connection between the socialist mainland china with anciently Chinese territories namely Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau that had socialist economies.  One country, two systems was at first proposed to Republic of China.

Taiwan people had requested that if they were to received the one country, two systems approach:

China should be relabeled as the Republic of China. The Democratic elections would have to be managed in People’s Republic of China. This was still not recieved by China. He had proposed that there would be a single China. The different Chinese regions such as Hong Kong and Macau could resume their own economic and administrative systems. The rest of China uses the socialism with Chinese aspects system.

The concept was cherished in the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984, in which the two countries acknowledge that Britain would entrust sovereignty of Hong Kong to China. People’s Republic of China is in charge of defence and foreign affairs but Hong Kong runs its own inner security.

India-US Defence Deals

United States arms sales to India have rushed 5-fold in the last 5 years. India has come out as second largest importer of Defence equipment. Make-in-India in defence sector and the domestic defence industry have hurt.

In April 2018, the Indian Air Force issued a Request for Information (RFI) for 114 jetfighters at a cost of $18 billion. The tender obtain responses from the same 6 competitors which had earlier bid for the tender that went to France’s Dassault Aviation, plus another. The new tender calls for acquisition of 18 aircrafts in flyaway state, with the remaining 96 to be built in India undergoing strategic partnership.

Lockheed Martin is contributing it’s F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 70. The newcomer is JSC Sukhoi Company, with its Su-35.

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