Taiwan says not seeking arms race with China after new U.S. arms sale

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan is not seeking to get involved in an arms race with China but does need a credible combat capability, Defence Minister Yen De-fa said on Thursday, after the United States approved a potential $1.8 billion arms sale to the Chinese-claimed island.

Beijing has applied increasing pressure om democratically-ruled Taiwan to accept China’s sovereignty, including by flying fighter jets across the sensitive mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, which normally serves as an unofficial buffer.

The latest U.S. arms package includes sensors, missiles and artillery, and further congressional notifications are expected for drones made by General Atomics and land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles, made by Boeing Co, to serve as coastal defence cruise missiles.

Speaking to reporters, Yen thanked the United States and said the sales were to help Taiwan improve their defensive capabilities to deal with the “enemy threat and new situation”.

“This includes a credible combat capability

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Apartment Seeking 101

My recent foray into apartment-hunting yielded some pretty atrocious results. Though I had mastered the art of negotiation (or so I imagined), I had failed to recognize a few fairly obvious warning signs. A few roach motels, a filthy bathroom and an unsecured front door, to name a few; so enthralled was I by an incredible deal, I overlooked a plethora of red flags.

Because no individual should suffer needlessly, I have enumerated several warning signs, both the obvious and inconspicuous. Had I initially adhered to these basic standards, I never would’ve encountered such wretched misfortune.

Red Flag #1: Ubiquitous dirt

A good landlord will at least attempt to clean an apartment prior to showing it. Film-ridden bathtubs, baby pacifiers, and half-filled beer cans are quite revealing, and not only about the lives of previous tenants. These remnants could foreshadow the treatment to come.

Red Flag #2: A plethora of … Read More