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[Cross-strait Express Comment No. 493]
According to Taiwan ’s United Daily News, the Taiwan Army ’s “Patriot-2” anti-aircraft missile took 12 years and cost more than 179.1 billion yuan (NT $, the same below) to improve its performance and the purchase of the “Patriot-3” anti-aircraft missile. Towards the end of next year. However, in the name of implementing project management and technical support procurement, the United States has made two consecutive lion openings and successively increased budgets, which not only made the financial burden more heavy, but also forced the implementation of the entire case to continue to be extended.
It is reported that the two major procurement cases were initially promoted by the Taiwan Army in the name of "Fast Front Project" and the period was from 2007 to 2021. The Taiwan Air Force ’s so-called “Commander of Staff” Liu Renyuan once stated in the Taiwan ’s “Legislative Yuan” that the Patriot missile performance improvement part “ends next year”. The Taiwan Air Force asked the U.S. military to verify the follow-up budget, but the news came from the U.S. additional budget. . In December, it was re-transmitted that Taiwan signed the "Patriot" missile "technical support" procurement contract, which will be completed from the end of November this year to June 2022. It will take about 31 months and the Taiwan side will need to pay an additional 1.5975 billion yuan. The U.S. increased its military purchases from Taiwan and raised Taiwan's price.
It is not the first time that the United States has taken advantage of the opportunity to purchase weapons from Taiwan. It is not the first time that a clever increase in the price has been made. Many similar situations have been disclosed by the media before, which can be described as frequent and frequent. The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have always been known for their high selling prices, and are known by Taiwanese people of insight as "Kaizi (Minnan dialect, meaning" stupid ") arms purchases." According to Taiwan's United Daily News on March 18, 2019 At the end of February, the Taiwan Air Force had submitted to the United States a "price request letter" for the purchase of F-16V fighters, while the Taiwan Army had earlier submitted to the US the price demand letter for the M1A2 tank. The navy-made submarine also completed the preliminary contract design at the beginning of the month. This year, Taiwan ’s land, sea, and air forces have set an unprecedented record for the procurement costs of their main battle weapons. The initial estimates of the three major arms purchases total more than 320 billion yuan. It is rumored that Taiwan will need to purchase 108 M1A1 tanks, with a total price of nearly 20 billion yuan; 66 F-16V fighters, with an estimated total price of about 250 billion yuan. Continental military experts interviewed by the Global Times said that the F-16V fighter is a "tail list" of three generations in the U.S. arsenal, and it is extremely expensive.
A few years ago, the United States sold 60 Black Hawk helicopters to Taiwan, with a total price of 3.1 billion U.S. dollars, with an average price of more than 50 million U.S. dollars, which was 40% higher than the quoted price at that time. The unit price was higher than similar helicopters sold by the United States to Greece. One third more expensive. Previously, only three P-3C anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft sold by the United States to Taiwan turned out to be useful, and the other nine were defective. Tang Fei, the person in charge of the defense authority at the front desk, said with a sigh of relief: "Even if the United States sells arms to Taiwan, Taiwan will be peeled off two layers of skin."
The United States has a long history of increasing arms sales to Taiwan, and it has become a common practice. It can be said that "one is willing to fight, the other is willing to suffer." The Taiwan authorities have repeatedly responded to the request of the United States by adding a huge defense budget and purchasing advanced weapons from the United States. Whenever the United States announces the sale of weapons to Taiwan, the Tsai Ing-wen authorities will respond immediately and say, "Thank you!" "Thank you for your gratitude."
Of course, these ultra-high military procurement budgets will not be paid by those in power in the Taiwan authorities, but will be borne by the people of Taiwan. They will either “demolition the east wall and fill the west wall”, weaken the economy and people ’s livelihood, or pay debts to keep their children and grandchildren. The Taiwan authorities faced the US's usual practice of bullying Taiwan with frequent increases in the price of arms purchases by Taiwan, and they accepted it, in the hope of narrowing relations with the US, so as to take pride in themselves and fight against the mainland.
The United States has promulgated the "Taiwan Travel Law", "Taiwan Protection Law", "Taipei Act" and other bills. It has repeatedly sent warships through the Taiwan Strait to block Taiwan "states in diplomatic relations" from "breaking diplomatic relations" with Taiwan. The intention is to promote the improvement of US-Taiwan relations. It would abandon the illusion of Taiwan, mislead some people into the imagination that the United States would "help Taiwan", strengthen their "Taiwan independence" consciousness, and expand the basic list of green camp voters.
All in all, the United States opened its arms and sold a large price for Taiwan ’s weapons. In addition to playing a role in Taiwan ’s containment of the mainland, it took the opportunity to slaughter Taiwan as an “unfair leader” and “fat sheep” to earn as much excess arms profits as possible; Taiwan The authorities actively sought from the United States for weapons with extremely high prices. In addition to "hugouhuwei" and self-esteem, they used this to gain one party's own political self-interest, but spent the hard-earned money of the people of Taiwan. (Netizen in Taiwan, China: Zhang Liangzhang)
(This article is submitted by netizens and does not represent the views of China Taiwan Net.)
[Responsible editor: Li Jie]