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Published on Jun 30, 2014
Much reportage in newspapers, magazines, and on the internet focuses on the need for the Taiwan to acquire more advanced military hardware. The annual reports of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission typically call for "detailed assessments" on the current and probable future strategies, force structures, capabilities and technology development.of Taiwan's military, which are then used as a basis for evaluating Taiwan's military hardware needs. The Commission also regularly calls for the US Department of State to provide reports that explain how the department's approach to diplomatic relations with Taiwan is affected by the nation's "unique status," and how these constraints and restraints impact the US' ability to carry out the Pivot to Asia strategy.
Advocates of military arms sales to Taiwan point to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), claiming that this legislation authorizes such sales. However, a close examination of the Act finds that such a stance is technically incorrect -- in relation to military arms, the word "sell" is not mentioned anywhere in the TRA.
More importantly, up to the present day, the question which the US government officials and international media have totally ignored is: "Where is the legal basis for the Republic of China in Taiwan to maintain a Ministry of National Defense on Taiwanese soil, and to impose mandatory military conscription policies over the local Taiwan populace?"
This video attempts to shed some light on all relevant considerations, and comes to the conclusion that, legally speaking, it would make much more sense for the United States to take over the "national defense" needs of Taiwan directly. This could be done by establishing US military bases throughout the island, providing those bases with all types of advanced military equipment, and stationing all necessary numbers of US soldiers thereon. Does such a recommendation violate the terms of the TRA? The answer is No.
In summary, this is a video which every person interested in the USA - PRC - Taiwan triangular relationship should watch, as well as recommend to their friends, associates, teachers, professors, debating club members, and representatives in Congress.