Sunday, October 09, 2005

Taiwan: A leading Arms Exporter

The Taipei Times reports on a claim that Chen Shui-bian's visit to the United Arab Emirates was made possible by a donation of weapons...

Taiwan gave the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 10,000 rifles and other sweeteners in exchange for the UAE allowing President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to make an unofficial visit to the country, a local magazine said yesterday.

The Journalist weekly quoted an unnamed military source as saying that Taipei promised military, oil and aviation cooperation in exchange for Chen's Sept. 29-Oct. 1 visit to the UAE.

"Taiwan offered 10,000 self-developed T91 rifles to the UAE. When the UAE's [senior government official] Sheikh Hamid bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Taiwan in June, he visited weapons plants and expressed interest in the T91," the magazine said.

"Taiwan's small arms and military gear are popular around the world because they are good quality and are not expensive. Jordan has bought thousands of T91s because it found that T91 is more powerful than the US-made rifle M16A2 and the Russian-made rifle AK47," the magazine said.

This is not as surprising as it might seem -- in 2004 the UAE led all arms importers. Taiwan's small arms are well liked around the world, including in the US...

1 comment:

rmdazwdv said...

According to the article, "the US army has put in an order for 300 million 5.56 mm calibre bullets from Taiwan."

According to this
"US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel." (Israel, Taiwan... both US concubines)

You do the math, but that order will only kill about 1200 insurgents. I wonder if they dip them in pig fat first?