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a little bribing?? or black mail??? he continues he being Lee Chang-hyung
China expert Lee Chang-hyung of Seoul's government-affiliated Korea Institute for Defense Analyses also saw the U.S. decision to deny Taiwan new F-16s as reflecting China's economic leverage in Washington.
sounds like one of the 2 or both to me.
"If it sells the fighter jets to Taiwan, it could sustain some big economic damage," he said. "I think the United States has taken that factor into account."
Originally posted by bekod
news.yahoo.com... US has bailed out on the F16 [long planed] sale
“We continue to study it,” a senior administration official said of the possible F-16 sales.
The US also continues to ignore a separate request by Taiwan for 66 advanced F-16 fighter jets.
from the link www.globalsecurity.org... and here is the A/B block 20
In November 1992, representatives of Taiwan and the United States signed an agreement for the sale of 150 Block 20 F-16 aircraft to Taiwan under the Peace Fenghuang Foreign Military Sales program. The Block 20 avionics configuration is very similar to the F-16A/B Mid-Life Update.