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[Cross-strait Express Comment No. 485]
The U.S. Patriot missiles became famous because they successfully intercepted Scud missiles launched by Iraqi forces during the Gulf War. In order to improve air defense capabilities, the Taiwan authorities spent 12 years and spent more than 179.1 billion yuan (TWD, the same below) to engage in a "big deal" with the US military. On the one hand, it is necessary to upgrade the performance of the existing Patriot-2 missiles, and also to purchase Patriot-3 missiles.
This time-consuming, labor-intensive and money-burning transaction was about to end next year, but it is a coincidence that the 2020 Taiwan leader election has entered a critical period and the blue and green elections are tight. Cai Yingwen's crisis has become a business opportunity for Americans. Will the United States miss this good opportunity?
A few days ago, in the name of implementing project management and technical support procurement, the US side made two big openings in succession to increase its budget.
How much does it cost the Taiwan authorities in the United States? 1.5 billion 9.75 million yuan! The extra money is not counted, and the completion of the entire construction period has been postponed from 2021 to June 2022, creating sufficient space for future price increases.
Doesn't the Taiwan authorities see this kind of naked robbery in the United States? Open your mouth and get 1.5 billion more. Does the Taiwan authorities really buy it? Although it sounds silly, the answer is clear to all of us, and of course it will!
Because of this, for the Taiwan authorities who have long been proud to "pay protection fees" to the United States, it is no longer news. For example, in the past few years, when the Taiwan military purchased a US black hawk helicopter, the original "black hawk" with an original price of 10 million U.S. dollars sold to Taiwan instantly rose to 35 million U.S. dollars; after a few years, the U.S. military changed prices and exchange rates. For this reason, the price was raised to $ 40 million per plane.
In fact, almost every time the Taiwan authorities purchase US arms, the transaction figures written in the contract are a "reference value", which can also be understood as the starting price of a taxi or the down payment for a house. As the transaction progresses, mileage increases, and fees rise simultaneously.
It can be said that the price increase and budget increase at any time, whether it is the United States or the Taiwan authorities, have long been accustomed to it, one willing to hit the other. It is just that the United States knocked the bamboo bars of the Taiwan authorities, not Zhou Yu hit the yellow cover, but bamboo baskets; the "protection fee" that the Taiwan authorities handed over to the United States cannot be exchanged for protection, but can only be exchanged for hostility across the Taiwan Straits and even for war Tinder.
The motherland is getting stronger and stronger. In the face of cross-strait issues, in addition to telling the United States, we must abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques. We must also warn the Taiwan authorities that no more Patriot missiles can stop the history of the reunification of the motherland The trend. I want to keep peace forever, seek common development, create the future, think less about missiles, and think more about patriotism . (Text / offline)
[Responsible editor: Gao Xu]