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US administration yielding to China: Yang

Reuters, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

US-Taiwan Business Council chairman Paul Wolfowitz, a former US deputy defense secretary and president of the World Bank, said withholding the new F-16C/D models was short-sighted because “you can only keep an old plane flying for so long,” referring to the F-5s.

The F-5s are nearly 40 years old and two of them crashed in Taiwan last week, killing three officers.

“The point is that Taiwan needs more F-16s,” said Dan Blumenthal, a former Pentagon China desk chief now at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank.

In January last year, Obama approved a US$6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan left over from the administration of former US president George W. Bush. In response, China froze military-to-military ties and threatened sanctions against US firms.

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