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Experts call for US, China policy shift to avoid war

CRUNCH TIME:A Perryman Group report highlighted the ‘positive impact’ of selling F-16s to Taiwan, such as generating US$8.7 billion and creating 16,000 jobs

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

Following the conference, -Hammond-Chambers released a new report by the Perryman Group on the “positive economic impact” in the US of the sale of 66 F-16C/Ds to Taiwan.

The report estimates the F-16 program would generate US$8.7 billion in gross product -output and provide about 16,000 jobs.

“The single most significant reason that the Obama administration has not moved forward on this issue is over concerns regarding China’s sensitivities, when the US should instead be evaluating the sale based on the needs of Taiwan and on its beneficial impact on the US economy,” Hammond-Chambers said.

Center for National Policy vice president Scott Bates said after hearing the three speakers: “This is the most sobering assessment of the security situation in the Taiwan Strait I have heard.”

“We are looking at a situation where the strategic balance may be tipped irrevocably unless steps are taken,” he said.

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