President Bush’s plan to sell arms to Taiwan is expected to enrage China, but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley supports the sale. Grassley met with Chinese diplomats in his office Monday and says he assured them, the gesture is not meant to be provocative; the U-S is only helping Taiwan protect itself. Grassley says the U-S does not want one square inch of territory in China. We want to expand our peaceful relationship with China, which the U-S considers very important. Grassley says the planned sale of submarines, destroyers, aircraft and helicopters to Taiwan serves another purpose, it’s a “slap in the face” to China that we don’t appreciate the way the recent spy plane incident was handled. It’s also a signal that when we do things according to international law, we have nothing to apologize for.
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