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US sets date for F-16C/D sale decision

CHINESE WHISPERS:Sources said they suspected that Obama was bowing to pressure from Beijing despite promising not to give special consideration to Chinese sensitivities

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

Reached by the Taipei Times for comment in Taipei, American Institute in Taiwan spokesperson Christopher Kavanagh said: “We continue to evaluate Taiwan’s defense needs. No decisions have been made on potential arms sales to Taiwan.”

Meanwhile, Director-General of the Department of North American Affairs Bruce Linghu (令狐榮達) said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not been informed by the US of the reported decisions.

The ministry welcomed any decisions by the US that help enhance Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities, he added.

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan

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