Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Cockamamy Reasoning

One of the most bizarre political arguments I've seen in Taiwan since I've been here is the KMT's assertion that Taiwan doesn't need to increase its military spending because eventually, China will outspend Taiwan, so its futile to even consider raising the budget.

What gives? Here is something in the Taipei Times that puzzled me:
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung said China's miltary spending accounts for 2.8 percent of GDP, and that its military budget has been growing at a double-digit rate for over a decade. Noting that China's military budget would be 20 timesTaiwan's within 15 to 20 years, Ting askedLee, "will the military be able to safeguard the country if the gap of military spending between Taiwan continues to grow?"
China's military budget will continue to grow, and will eventually exceed Taiwan's. Is Ting (whose father is aROC general) a maverick suggesting that the KMT should get the military budget passed, or is he part of the tiring chorus that says spending the money is silly because China will eventually be victorious.

That argument is akin to a homeowner saying that they won't make repairs to their home because the next door neighbor has so much money, he'll eventually buy the property off the homeowner, but we all know the real result of such behavior. A drop in property values.
Is that what Taiwan wants?

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