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Taiwan moving forward on F-16 negotiations: MND

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington, with CNA

“The US-Taiwan Business Council believes that if the Taiwan Air Power Modernization Act is given an opportunity to be voted on, it will pass,” he said.

Commenting on the issue, Bruce Linghu (令狐榮達), head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of North American Affairs, said the US and Taiwan were both “on the same page.”

“The US fully understands Taiwan’s military air power needs,” Linghu told a press briefing. “When the time is right, we will naturally get a positive response.”

Linghu reiterated that Washington is committed to arms sales to Taiwan under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and “six assurances” of 1982.

In September last year, the US approved a retrofit and training package for Taiwan’s 145 aging F-16A/B aircraft for an estimated cost of US$5.2 billion.

However, Taiwan is still eager to acquire the more advanced fighters to help address the air-power imbalance across the Taiwan Strait.

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