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Thursday, February 4, 2010
UPDATE 1-Taiwan says to buy miltary helicopters from Europe
* Up to 20 search-and-rescue choppers sought - Defense News
* China has blasted U.S. over planned arms package to Taiwan
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
Kai-shek'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.