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Taiwan said Wednesday the United States had agreed to upgrade its existing F-16 fighter jets -- widely seen as the second-best option for the island as it faces China's growing military might.
But although the $5.85 billion deal falls short of a Taiwanese wish to acquire more advanced F-16s, the US move is likely to trigger anger in China, which claims the island as part of its territory.
"After the upgrade, the air force's combat capability will be advanced hugely," said Taiwan's defence minister Kao Hua-chu in a hastily called press conference in Taipei.
China this week warned the United States against helping Taiwan upgrade its air force.
"China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing in Beijing Monday when asked about the reported F-16 upgrade plans. "This position is consistent and clear."
Obamas administration has sold more military items to Taiwan in 2009 than the 4 previous years combined.
Originally posted by shadowcorp
we ghave no money but yet the .u.s is still blowing money helping others :/
Originally posted by steppenwolf86
reply to post by Xcathdra
An f-16 is more than equal to an Su-27 or J-11 especially considering the Chinese are using their own engine.
The latest computerized scenario carried out by the military showed that in a war with China, Taiwan’s military was able to defeat enemy forces after they landed and tried to occupy the country, a local newspaper said yesterday.
China has developed an anti ship missile that could, most likely, be bale to penetrate a Carrier defense screen, not to mention one of their subs penetrated it once already and surfaced right next to the carrier.
I dont think China will go overly bonkers with the plane sales..
China has summoned US ambassador to Beijing after Washington announced plans to sell arms to Taiwan with the aim of upgrading fighter jets of the Asian island.
Beijing has warned that Washington's plan will seriously harm military and security ties between the two powers.
"The wrongdoing by the US side will inevitably undermine bilateral relations as well as exchanges and cooperation in military and security areas," Chinese vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said.
China urges the US to respect Beijing's stance on the issue of selling arms to Taiwan and calls for the cancellation of the "wrong decision," the Chinese diplomat added.
"China strongly urges the United States to be fully aware of the high sensitivity and serious harm of the issue, seriously treat the solemn stance of China, honor its commitment and immediately cancel the wrong decision," Zhijun said.
Tiawan has some elections coming up, and there is concern about one paticular candidadte (I dont rmeber her name) but she is no fan of China and supports independance so to speak. China has made it clear that any move in that direction would result in a war..