20 Aug '11, 7am

Taiwan's bid for US jets 'hopeless': report

Taiwan's bid to buy new F-16 fighter jets from the United States has become "hopeless", a top Taiwanese official was quoted as saying in a report on Saturday. The comments by parliamentary speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who said the US had changed its mind about selling the jets, mark the first time an official has stated publicly that the long-awaited deal is expected to fall through. It is now "all but hopeless" for Taipei to get the jets, although Washington will still help it upgrade the F-16A/Bs and provide the island other defensive weapons, Wang said in a speech on Friday, according to the report in the Taipei-based China times newspaper. However, the defence ministry said it was still seeking to acquire the new jets. "We will continue to push for our request to buy the F-16C/Ds and we will not give up on that," defence ministry spokesman David Lo said. Taiwan applied to th...

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