Saturday, May 20, 2006

KMT to Move on Arms Budget

Seeing is believing....and I'll believe it when I see it:

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has told him he hopes the legislature would make a final decision on the long-stalled arms procurement budget as soon as possible. Wang said that he met with Ma yesterday morning and talked about the issue, noting that the KMT will have a discussion on this issue within the party in the coming days. Wang also discussed the issue in private with President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) after he attended a National Security Council meeting chaired by Chen on Thursday. "The government's position on the arms bill remains the same. The back the bill revised from the initial package, which includes the budget for assessing the necessity of submarines, buying 12 P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and upgrading the PAC-2 Patriot anti-missile batteries," Wang said.

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