Taiwan’s air force has agreed a deal to buy 66 fighter jets from the US. Photo: Handout

Chinese military says Taiwan’s US$8 billion deal to buy US F-16 fighter jets is a waste of money because they will be ‘useless’ against the PLA

  • Beijing reacts with fury after Donald Trump agrees to the sale of the fighters, but military officials say the warplanes will prove to be ‘useless’ in any case
  • PLA researcher insists that the arms deal is essentially paying America ‘protection money’
Topic |   China military

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Taiwan’s air force has agreed a deal to buy 66 fighter jets from the US. Photo: Handout
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A Taiwan Air Force F-16V takes off during a drill in May. Photo: EPA-EFE

Beijing warns US of ‘consequences’ after Donald Trump approves US$8 billion sale of fighter jets to Taiwan

  • President says sale of Lockheed Martin F-16Vs will go ahead if ratified by Senate
  • Military experts have said the jets would bolster Taiwan’s ability to counter the threat of air strikes from mainland China
Topic |   Taiwan

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A Taiwan Air Force F-16V takes off during a drill in May. Photo: EPA-EFE
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