No F-16C/D’s For Taiwan

The sale of 66 American F-16 fighter jets to
Taiwan, which would cause fury in Beijing, now appears unlikely to go
through, according to sources. Taiwan has repeatedly asked Washington to
agree to sell it the advanced fighters, citing the need to counter the
growing military strength of China, which views the island as a
breakaway province.

China cut off ties with the United States
military for most of last year to protest against an American arms
package for Taiwan. Sources following the issue said Washington would
probably opt against the F-16 sale.

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