This video shows you that F-16 deal will happen, says Taiwan.
aiwan’s foreign ministry has insisted that Washington’s sale of F-16V fighter jets will come though, following a report by Time magazine that the Trump administration has put the deal on hold so as not to derail ongoing trade negotiations with China.
The ministry said it has maintained close communications with the US State Department and with F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin, since a letter of request to purchase the jets was submitted to Washington. Citing three anonymous US officials, Time reported on Friday that Donald Trump had put the sale on hold until a trade deal with China can be sealed. The US Congress must also endorse any arms sales to Taiwan, though the administration is yet to submit such a request to lawmakers, according to the magazine.
Moreover, the State Department, which has reportedly opposed the arms sale, has also called for an inter-agency meeting to determine whether the US should sell M1 Abrams tanks to Taiwan.
The White House’s initial decision to allow Taiwan to buy more than 60 F-16Vs, first reported in late February, was widely interpreted as a show of support for Taiwan, against the backdrop of China flexing its muscles.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry noted that since Trump’s inauguration, the US had approved two rounds of arms sales. The upcoming deal would serve as a further affirmation of the Taiwan Relations Act, which authorizes the US to provide Taiwan with defensive arms.
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