Taiwan Needs F-16s

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou renewed his call Thursday on the United States to sell F-16 fighter jets to the island, saying he needed leverage as he pursues reconciliation with China….Ma said: “The right leverage must be in place, otherwise Taiwan cannot credibly maintain an equal footing at the negotiating table.”

“We continue to urge the U.S. to provide Taiwan with necessary defensive weaponry such as F-16s and diesel-powered submarines,” he told the Center for Strategic and International Studies by video-link from Taipei.




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