TAIPEI – Bowing to Chinese pressure, the U.S. will deny Taiwan’s request for 66 new F-16C/D fighter aircraft, a Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said.
“We are so disappointed in the United States,” he said.
A U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) delegation arrived here last week to deliver the news and offer instead a retrofit package for older F-16A/Bs that includes an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
This hasn’t been confirmed by US government sources yet — the State Department insists that no decision has been made — but it does jibe with what observers in Washington had been expecting based on administration statements. If this is indeed the Obama administration’s decision, it’s a missed opportunity that will make Taiwan policy more difficult for future administrations. I’ve linked to this before, but CSIS analyst Matt Anderson’s argument for allowing the F-16 sale now is a good place to catch up if you’re new to this issue.
Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://spectatorworld.com/.