But Taiwan sees the situation differently. They will not participate in such talks until China removes the 1400 missiles — the "military deployment targeting Taiwan." The Mainland Affairs Council in Taiwan tells of a "widespread and solemn demand by Taiwan people". They go on to say, "We must keep our self-defense capability, to keep a healthy and stable cross-strait relationship, on the condition that our safety is not threatened."
As a result of a questionable weapon sale by the United States Congress the world is now less stable. China and Taiwan are at odds. Taiwan seems to be moving toward self regulation in spite of a potential for conflict. China, until these decisions were made, was increasingly tolerant of the United States, and potentially valuable talks were in the offing. We must consider, does Taiwan seriously consider escalation of new tensions, or is this a thinly veiled ploy for talks and the hope for more security with the removal of the offending missiles?
These sales to Taiwan have been going on for decades. Maybe the U.S. resolve to defend Taiwan is outdated, and no longer consistent with real matters in the real world. America is in a phase approaching ‘isolationism’ in regards to defense issues. The cost of liberating Iraq, the difficulty in policing Afghanistan, have proven a burden in lives and dollars. Then is this not a time to reconsider the recurring sales of arms to Taiwan? We see that these sales involve vast amounts of money; is that money being wasted, or worse, is it creating global unrest? The American Congress might do well to consider these matters in a non-political light. America’s ties to China, each nation seeking to be the world leader in sophistication, economics, and moving toward the future, are indeed at an important juncture.