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An American in China

US to Fly Drones Near China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 25, 2011

“…For its part, the U.S. is developing aircraft carrier-based drones likely to be deployed in Asia to try to counter China’s military rise.
This week’s visit was delayed due to Chinese anger over the Obama administration’s approval in January 2010 of a $6.4 billion weapons sale to Taiwan, the self-governing island that China claims as its own territory and that the U.S. is committed to arming.
Military-to-military relations were frozen after the arms sale was announced. A thaw began with Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ visit to Beijing last January, followed by a productive visit to Washington shortly afterward by President Hu Jintao.
Taiwan, however, remains a major problem. Just last week, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou called on Washington to grant Taiwan’s request to purchase U.S. F-16 fighter jets and diesel-powered submarines — arms that China insists Taiwan does not need.”
continue here http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/16/501364/main20063306.shtml

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