Saturday, 04 December 2021

Taiwan ask USA to accelerate F16 fighter aircraft delivery as threat increase

Taiwan ask USA to accelerate F16 fighter aircraft delivery as threat increase

Due to the growing tension from China, reports have emerged that Taiwan officials have urged Washington to speed up the delivery of US-made F-16 jets to Taipei.

US President Joe Biden's "administration has discussed with Taiwanese officials the possibility of expediting the delivery of American-made F-16s to Taiwan," reported Taipei Times, citing a CNN report.

The report said.

"The sale of the 22 fighter jets was approved in 2019, but Taiwan hopes to speed up the actual delivery time which normally can take up to 10 years particularly in light of the recent Chinese provocations,"

This came as the "Pentagon's Indo-Pacific Command has watched with increasing concern as China has rapidly modernized its military and improved its training with an eye to Taiwan," the report added.

Around 150 Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) military aircraft have incited Taiwan's air defense identification zone from October 1-5. Taipei Times reported citing Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense data.

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Read More: Largest Ever invasion By Chinese Air Force: Taiwan Reports

Meanwhile, these are one the most extensive incursions from Beijing that Taiwan has surfaced in the last few days.

The incursions happened as Beijing claimed full sovereignty over Taiwan nation, a democracy of 24 million people situated off the southeastern coast of mainland China, even though the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades.

On the other hand, Taipei has countered the Chinese aggression by increasing strategic ties with democracies, including the US, which Beijing repeatedly has opposed Beijing has often resisted.

China has also threatened that "Taiwan independence" means a war. On 1st June, Xi Jinping, Chinese President, pledged to reunite with self-ruled Taiwan and promise to smash any attempts at formal independence for an island.

Recently, Taipei has also expressed that it will not start a war with China, but 'it is preparing for war against china they said will capture Taiwan till 2025.

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