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Taiwan wants to buy 8 U.S subs plus 66 F-16

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Clarksville, MD

#1 Jan 28, 2013

Five years after the government of Taiwan requested permission to purchase 66 new F-16C jet fighters from the United States, it appears the deal is finally dead – a victim of the United States’ growing ties to China and the US administration’s unwillingness to proceed with a deal that could anger Beijing.

The F-16C sale never really mattered to Taiwanese defence, despite the bluster of politicians on both sides of the Strait. However, a plan to buy submarines does matter. That deal has been on hold since 2001.

In place of the new F-16Cs Taipei wants, Washington has approved upgrades to Taiwan’s existing fleet of around 150 1990s-vintage F-16As. US Vice President Joe Biden will reportedly address Chinese concerns over the upgrade plan during his planned August visit to China.

‘The US expects China to understand the actions of the United States,’ one Chinese news outlet posited. Washington is obliged by a 1979 law to provide for Taiwan's defence, but lately has been reluctant to sell high-tech arms to the island nation. The F-16 upgrades represent a compromise for Washington.

Updates to the F-16s could include new radars and electronics and expanded weapons options.

However, it’s not clear that new or upgraded fighters are really what Taiwan needs to ensure its sovereignty. In the highly unlikely event of a Chinese invasion attempt, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force is unlikely to seek a direct confrontation with Taiwan's fighters. Nor would an air battle even be necessary.

Zhong San

Valley Stream, NY

#2 Jan 31, 2013

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