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US report warns on military imbalance

CALL TO ARMS:The Obama administration should address Taiwan’s defense needs and continue weapons sales to counter China’s growing military clout, the report says

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

“There are also concerns as to whether or not Taiwan could afford to fund the upgrade of the F-16A/Bs as well as a potential purchase of the new F-16C/Ds,” it said.

During the late spring and summer of this year, there were conflicting signals as to whether or not Taiwan’s government was still interested in buying the F-16C/Ds.

Since then, there have been indications Taipei was giving serious consideration to dropping the F-16C/D purchase request in favor of pressing for the sale of even more advanced F-35 aircraft, it said.

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