Taiwan is hoping to buy 66 F-16V fighter jets from the US, but Washington’s trade talks with Beijing may slow the deal. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Taiwan’s plan to buy 66 F-16 Viper fighter jets from US still on track, defence ministry says

  • Taipei says deal is proceeding despite reports Washington had shelved it pending its trade negotiations with Beijing
  • Upgraded versions of F-16s would give Taiwan greater capability to counter air attacks from mainland China, experts say
Topic |   Taiwan

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Taiwan is hoping to buy 66 F-16V fighter jets from the US, but Washington’s trade talks with Beijing may slow the deal. Photo: Lockheed Martin
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Taiwanese-made jet fighters and US-made F16s during an annual military exercise conducted by Taiwan. Former US officials fear cross-strait tensions could quickly become a flashpoint in US-China relations. Photo: AP

US-China tensions could ignite over Taiwan, American former officials warn

  • President Donald Trump has ‘no understanding’ of cross-strait sensitivities
  • US hardliners step up legislative and military support for self-ruled island
Topic |   US-China relations

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Taiwanese-made jet fighters and US-made F16s during an annual military exercise conducted by Taiwan. Former US officials fear cross-strait tensions could quickly become a flashpoint in US-China relations. Photo: AP
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