Taiwan leader renews call for US fighter jets

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  1. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    Taiwan leader renews call for US fighter jets

    Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou renewed his call Thursday on the United States to sell F-16 fighter jets to the island, saying he needed leverage as he pursues reconciliation with China.

    Ma said he was committed to seeking weapons from the United States despite belt-tightening by his administration, which has raised defense spending at a slower pace than earlier planned since the global economic downturn.

    In an address to a US think-tank, Ma pledged to move forward with his policy of improving relations with China, saying the island has benefited from his outreach to the mainland since taking office in 2008.

    But Ma said: "The right leverage must be in place, otherwise Taiwan cannot credibly maintain an equal footing at the negotiating table."

    "We continue to urge the US to provide Taiwan with necessary defensive weaponry such as F-16s and diesel-powered submarines," he told the Center for Strategic and International Studies by video-link from Taipei.

    The United States last year approved $6.4 billion in weapons for Taiwan, including Patriot missiles and Black Hawk helicopters. But the package did not include fighter jets, which Taiwan believes are necessary to close the gap as China rapidly boosts its military budget.

    China angrily protested the package, temporarily snapping off defense ties with the United States. Beijing considers Taiwan -- where the mainland's defeated nationalists fled in 1949 -- to be a territory awaiting reunification.

    A senior Taiwanese lawmaker, Lin Yu-fang, said Tuesday that Taiwan would delay buying weapons from the US package to save money as the island undergoes a costly shift from conscription to a professional military.

    Ma said only that Taiwan wanted a "small but strong" military force and that he has made "adequate arrangements" both to buy weapons and to transform the military.

    He acknowledged he has not met a goal of devoting three percent of GDP to military spending due to other priorities since the economic crisis.

    "We will try in the future to catch up with that, but I can assure you we do have the resolve to defend ourselves," he said.

    Ma is seeking another term in January elections. The rival Democratic Progressive Party led Taiwan for eight years before Ma and has emphasized the island's own identity, often clashing with Beijing.

    Ma's critics have denounced him for reaching a sweeping trade pact with China, saying that the landmark agreement weakens Taiwan's de facto independence and may bring reunification by economic instead of military force.

    But Ma said the trade pact helped Taiwan achieve growth of 10.82 percent last year -- a 23-year high -- and may paradoxically reduce dependence on China as other trading partners find it easier to do business with the island.

    "We shouldn't put all our eggs in one basket. But we can't really leave no eggs in one of the largest baskets of the world," he said.

    Ma said the stability in relations with China would also help Taiwan build its "soft power" as foreign companies drawn by the island's location would see its safety, prosperity and high standard of education.

    Ma also pledged a focus on foreign assistance. He said that Taiwanese people donated more than $200 million to Japan after its massive earthquake and tsunami, more than any other nation.

    "This second line of defense aims to give Taiwan a higher moral ground in international politics," he said.
     
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  3. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    It is very surprising how come Taiwan obsesses itself with US made jets till date despite BO's refusal to give them F-16s and JSFs. Though this can be seen as a political stunt, Taiwan can always get weapons from other countries as well. Europe is in such a state that it won't mind selling its weapons to Taiwan as the island country is rich and prosperous enough to pay for European jets. If only Swedes could make their own jet engines, Gripens could have been a fine addition to Taiwanese air force.
     
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    prototype Regular Member

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    They still dwell in this F-16 fantasy,given the raid strides PLAAF is making,I think the rhetoric should more focused on F/A-18 and F-35.
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    It is very unlikely that the US government will allow the sales of anything against China directly. This will unsettle their largest trading partner. This is why I said that even if US wanted to, they cannot offer the jets to Taiwanese due to commercial compulsions.
     
  6. yeah

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    I just want to say 宁可台湾不长草,也要解放台湾岛

    Peace:namaste:
     
  7. mattster

    mattster Respected Member Senior Member

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    Why - because none of the European countries have the balls to sell them any fighters. China is going to threaten then with economic sanctions and all these European countries are going to favor larger China business than small defense contract with Taiwan !!

    European countries including France, UK, Germany, etc are so easily scared off because of the losing business in China - Pussies . None of them will sell squat to Taiwan. That's just the way it is !!
     
  8. Fighterz

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    Taiwan can't even afford US jets. This is a political stunt. The Chinese nationalist still have their dream of recovering Mongolia, East Russia, and South Tibet. They are more interested expanding their islands in the S. China Sea rather than fighting the Chinese in Mainland. It would be like the Indians burning their old capital to ensure their new capital is safe...
     
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    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    Instead of getting mad at the Europeans for lacking balls to sell weapons to Taiwan, maybe it is time for you Indians to stand up for Taiwan this time.

    Why do you guys always blame others for not doing the job which is supposed to be done by yourself?
     
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    please use english as not all here understands chinese script
     
  11. JAISWAL

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    its quit a filp-flop nature they are following in this regard.
    Either they should go ahead or keep them selve in preasent condition to be bullied by china.
     
  12. yeah

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    I'm sorry for that. :tea:

    I think China will get Taiwan back even at the cost that no plants can grow there, sooner or later.:namaste:
     

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