Friday, February 12, 2010

China suspends military exchanges with US

Sunday, January 31, 2010
In this article, "China suspends military exchanges with US ," China is retaliating against the United States for the sale of military weapons to Taiwan. The retaliation comes in the form of sanctions against defense companies that do business with China. The article states that this is not the first time this has happened, but with China's increasing power and confidence the response could be a lot stronger.

China has long viewed Taiwan as a part of China and sees the U.S. arming it as a way of keeping it seperate from the mainland. The article stated "Beijing has threatened to invade the island if it ever declared its defacto independence."

China has a history of not helping us when it comes to cooperation in foreign affairs. They have not used their influence with Iran and North Korea when it comes to stopping them from getting nuclear weapons. The Chinese are still dragging their feet because of Iran being a major supplier of oil to them. One of many reasons, I imagine.I agree with the article when it says that this may be a test of President Obama's leadership. The U.S has to decide whether doing business with China is more important than the freedom of Taiwan which it is legally bound to protect.
Posted by chris at 2:44 PM

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