This article is about a new announced sale of arms by the US to Taiwan. But this thread isn’t about Chinese or Taiwanese relations, or the even the wisdom of arm sales.
Instead, one thing puzzled me. The article said that “…Washington announced $6.4 billion in planned arms sales to Taiwan.”
Given that we know how China would react, why announce it? Its our weapons, and we consider Taiwan to be pretty much an independent country, though we don’t say it out loud to piss off China, but China knows that since everyone knows about our deal to protect Taiwan in case of an invasion. So with those variables already known, why announce to the world that we’re going to sell weapons to Taiwan? If we’re going to do it, just do it, do it in secret if that’s what it takes.
I can only think of a couple reasons why we announced it, none of which is convincing to me since we value our relationship with China a great deal.
- It’s for the benefit of the American/Taiwanese people.
The public likes to know that their government is doing something good, and most of us here and over in Taiwan would think this is good. So this announcement is sort of their way to buy a little bit of political capital
- It’s always been done this way.
Momentum is hard to change. If we’ve always announced these things, changing it would be hard
- We don’t want China to find out before we tell them because they would flip out even more.
I don’t really think China’s cooperatives on a lot of issues already. And given their threatened response to this announcement, I hardly think they could or would reasonably do anything worse if they found out on their own.
- Members of Congress who has to approve of these sales can’t keep a secret, so why not just announce it?
Doesn’t make sense, people have closed door meetings all the time. Yes, a lot of stuff seems to leak out of Washington, but national security stuff seems less likely. Plus, couldn’t we just get the arms committee or whoever’s in charge of this stuff to be in the know and leave the rest?
This thing is just strange to me and it seems like all this hassle with China could easily be avoided if we stopped announcing stuff like this. We already spy on each other, so I’m sure they know and we know that the other side does a lot of things to them that they’re trying to keep secret. This could be just one more secret.