Thursday, February 4, 2010

UPDATE 1-Taiwan says to buy miltary helicopters from Europe

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* Up to 20 search-and-rescue choppers sought - Defense News

A bank employee counts U.S. hundred dollar bills at Kasikornbank in Bangkok January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

* China has blasted U.S. over planned arms package to

TAIPEI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Taiwan said on Friday it would
buy military helicopters from a European manufacturer, a move
that could ignite China's anger toward Europe following a storm
over U.S. arms sales to the island that Beijing claims as its

China has blasted the United States over a planned $6.4
billion arms package for Taiwan, saying it would place
sanctions on U.S. firms that sell weapons to the self-ruled
island that Beijing considers a breakaway province of China.

China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when
Mao Zedong's forces won the Chinese civil war and Chiang
's Nationalists fled to the island. Beijing has vowed
to bring Taiwan under its rule, by force if necessary.

Taiwan seeks advanced foreign-made weapons to update its
military, which lags China in the balance of power.

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