17 Aug '11, 4am

Taiwan maintains bid for new F-16 fighter jets - AsiaOne

Taiwan maintains bid for new F-16 fighter jets - AsiaOne

China Daily/Asia News Network Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 Despite a recent report that the United States has decided not to sell Taiwan F-16C/D fighters, President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday reiterated his long-running stance that the country will continue its efforts to acquire the jet planes and other weaponry including diesel-powered submarines from the US. Ma said that the proposed procurement is not intended to increase tensions across the Taiwan Strait but to allow for gradual replacement of ageing equipment. The requested items are all defensive weapons that Taiwan lacks the capacity to produce by itself. This is in line with the Taiwan Relations Act, which obliges the American government to provide Taiwan with the arms it needs to defend itself, he added. He stressed that the government will not relax the country's defence readiness despite the warming cross-strait relatio...

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