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    No new US jets for Taiwan

    US denies Taiwan jet request
    Bangkok Post : US denies Taiwan jet request

    Taiwan's bid to buy new F-16 fighter jets from the United States has become "hopeless",
    a top Taiwanese official was quoted as saying in a report on Saturday.

    An armed US-made F-16 fighter jet is seen in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Plans by the island
    to buy new F-16 fighter jets from the US has become "hopeless", a top Taiwanese official
    was quoted as saying in a report on Saturday.
    The comments by parliamentary speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who said the US had changed its
    mind about selling the jets, mark the first time an official has stated publicly that the
    long-awaited deal is expected to fall through.
    It is now "all but hopeless" for Taipei to get the jets, although Washington will still help it
    upgrade the F-16A/Bs and provide the island other defensive weapons, Wang said in a
    speech on Friday, according to the report in the Taipei-based China times newspaper.
    However, the defence ministry said it was still seeking to acquire the new jets.
    "We will continue to push for our request to buy the F-16C/Ds and we will not give up on that,"
    defence ministry spokesman David Lo said.
    Taiwan applied to the US in 2007 to buy the 66 F-16C/Ds, improved versions of the F-16A/Bs
    that the island's air force now uses, claiming that the new jets were needed to counter a rising China.
    US magazine Defense News reported earlier this month that Washington has told Taiwan it
    will not sell the jets, but at that time both US and Taiwanese officials insisted no decision had been made.
    Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory and refuses to abandon the possibility of taking
    Taiwan by force, even though the island has ruled itself since their split in 1949 after a civil war.
    Washington recognises Beijing rather than Taipei but remains a leading arms supplier to the island.
    China reacted furiously in January 2010 when the Obama administration announced a $6.4 billion
    arms deal with Taiwan.
    That package included Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and equipment for Taiwan's existing
    F-16 fleet, but no submarines or new fighter jets.

    Why would they not sell? Is this the first sign that the US is kissing China's ass now? Is this about US debt?

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    I'm sure consideration is given by the US as to what advanced technology should be involved in any Foreign Military Sales agreement. Could be that release of the technology associated with the advanced F-16's is just not ready to be released to foreign militaries...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hampsha
    Why would they not sell? Is this the first sign that the US is kissing China's ass now? Is this about US debt?
    No.



    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Could be that release of the technology associated with the advanced F-16's is just not ready to be released to foreign militaries...
    A more credible reason.

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    it's more likely that they know that eventually China will take over Taiwan and therefore transferring modern technology to Taiwan is like transferring moder technology to China

    the Republicans who used to be hot on that topic, will probably surrender to China will when they integrate Taiwan back into China

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