>We are barely willing to sell anything to Taiwan right now..
not even the 10 billion in diesel subs , 3 billion in Patriot Pac3 missiles, 1.5 billion in P3 orions the US are trying desperately to get their legislature to approve, not to mention the over 1 billion in link 16/jtids etc and the 3/4 billion in early warning missile radars. Oh, did I forget the billion $ a piece Aegis destroyers Trent Lott wants to sell them? And Boeing are still hoping like heck to sell them a billion and half in Apache choppers and keep the line open. But they shot themselves in the foot last year when they insulted their Vice President by kowtowing to Beijing and not letting her visit Boeing even after the visit was arranged, so Bell will probably get that one especially since AIDC is already making the tails for the Marine AH1Z/1Y and AIDC and Bell go back to the 60s. Don't expect the Taiwanese presidential ofice to be calling the CI
board and putting pressure on them to split their orders with Boeing like the last 2 times either when they went for A340s and A330s when Boeing got almost 20 744s out of it!
And the EU arms embargo only applies to "weapons", not eg radars which is why the British got away with selling the PLAN the only half decent AEW radar system they have in service right now!
[Edited 2004-12-07 05:16:04]