CHINA ANGERED :Taiwan Requests New Fighter Jets From the US — What Happens Next



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CHINA ANGERED :Taiwan Requests New Fighter Jets From the US : What Happens Next – Whatever happens in the next few months — and expect the whole thing to become highly politicized — it is clear that Taiwan has an urgent need to close the fighter gap vis-à-vis growing Chinese airpower.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) on March 6 announced it had submitted a formal request for the purchase of new combat aircraft from the U.S. The request, which it is speculated involves the acquisition of as many as 66 U.S.-made F-16 “Viper” aircraft, signals Taiwan’s intention to better defend itself against Chinese threats and pressure. But don’t bring out the champaigne just yet: the sale is not a done deal, and the process of acquisition is likely to become politicized due to the general elections in January 2020 as well as a complicated geopolitical environment.
Taiwan had previously signalled its intention to request the F-35. Ian Easton, a fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, says that while the F-35 is the desired option for Taiwan, the F-16V will still strengthen Taiwan’s ability to deter an attack from China. The F-16V — or an equally advanced aircraft — is needed to supplement Taiwan’s fighter gap due to the obsolescence of the F-5 as well as to potentially retire the French Mirage-2000, whose maintenance costs have become exorbitant. One advantage to acquiring the F-16V is that Taiwan’s air force already has pilots who are experienced with the F-16 platform and who have trained in the U.S. In 1992, the George H. W. Bush administration sold 150 F-16A/B to Taiwan. The Taiwanese air force is currently upgrading its F-16s to F-16V-equivalent capability.
According to unconfirmed information reported in Taiwanese media, the price tag for 66 F-16Vs could reach US$13 billion (NT$400 billion), or about US$242.4 million per aircraft.
Normally, Taiwan would submit a Letter of Request (LOR) to the U.S. for a price and availability (P&A) update, which would provide Taiwan with a quote on prices. Based on this information, Taipei would then decide what to purchase. This time, however, Taiwan has reportedly submitted an “expedited LOR” for a Letter of Offer and Acceptance. By doing so, Taipei would obviate the quote-and-pick process and result in the U.S. sending Taiwan a list of the defense articles the U.S. is willing to sell. A Letter of Offer and Acceptance signed by Taiwan is what is needed for the U.S. government to sign contract with arms producer like Lockheed Martin to start production.
Political factors, both domestic and external, could delay progress on the acquisition of new combat aircraft from Taiwan. Chief among them is the likelihood that China will be angered by U.S. efforts to help Taiwan bolster its defense capabilities. Progress on a major arms request could have to wait to avoid alienating Beijing amid difficult trade talks.
A special budget could be passed by Taiwan’s legislature as early as this summer, as there will be a time crunch in the latter half of the year due to the January 2020 presidential and legislative elections. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) controls both the Legislative and Executive branches of government, which should facilitate the passage of a special budget. Nevertheless, while the move will be consistent with the Tsai administration’s efforts to foster closer ties with the U.S., the DPP will have to combat claims by the opposition — and more China-friendly — Kuomintang (KMT) and a conservative press questioning the purchase as well as public opinion against increased spending. KMT Legislator Wang Hong-wei has accused the DPP administration of overspending and using arms procurement as a tool to boost its electoral prospects in 2020 ahead of the 2020 election.
Given the U.S.’ risk-averse attitude, Washington will likely maintain a hands-off attitude lest it be accused of interfering with democratic processes. This careful posture was reflected by American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) spokesperson Amanda Mansour, who in a brief statement deferred questions on the finer details of a potential arms sale. It is in the U.S. interest to keep a potential arms sale as low-profile as possible, boosting Taiwanese defense capabilities in real terms without causing unnecessary diplomatic tensions.
So far, party heads have refrained from speaking publicly about a possible deal. But as the 2020 elections approach, it is likely that more political heavyweights will weigh in on the topic.

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whatever happens in the next few months and expect the whole thing to become highly politicized it is clear that Taiwan has an urgent need to close the fighter gap visa vie growing Chinese air power Taiwan's ministry of national defense mnd on March 6 announced it had submitted a formal request for the purchase of a new combat aircraft from the US the request which it is speculated involves the acquisition of as many as sixty six US made f-16 viper aircraft signals Taiwan's intention to better defend itself against Chinese threats and pressure but don't bring out the champagne just yet the cell is not a done deal and the process of acquisition is likely to become politicized due to the general elections in January 2020 as well as a complicated geopolitical environment Tywin had previously signals Eva's intention to request the f-35b in eastern a fellow at the project 2049 Institute says that why the f-35 is the desired option for Taiwan the f-16 view also straightened Taiwan's ability to deter an attack from China the f-16 V or an equally advanced aircraft is needed to supplement Taiwan's fighter gas due to the obsolescence of the f5 as well as to potentially retire the French Mirage 2000 whose maintenance costs have become exorbitant one advantage to acquiring the f-16 ve is that Taiwan's air forest already has pilots who are experienced with the f16 platform and who have trained in the u.s. in 1992 the George HW Bush administration sold 150 f-16 a and B to Taiwan the Taiwanese air force is currently upgrading its f6 years to f-16 V equivalent capability according to unconfirmed information reported in Taiwanese media the price tag for 66 f-16 vs could reach 13 billion u.s. 400 billion net or about 240 2.4 million dollar per aircraft normally Taiwan would submit a letter of request lor to the US for a price and availability P and a updates which would provide Taiwan with a quote on prices based on this information Taipei would then decide what to purchase this time however Taiwan has reportedly submitted an expedited lor for a letter of offer and acceptance by doing so taipei would appear the cohort and peak process and result in the u.s. sending Taiwan Alice of the defense articles the u.s. is willing to sell a lot of offer and acceptance signed by Taiwan is what is needed for the US government to sign contract with arms producer like Lockheed Martin to start production political factors both domestic and external could delay progress on the acquisition of new combat aircraft from Taiwan chief among them is the likelihood that China will be angered by US efforts to help Taiwan Veloster it defense capabilities progress on a major arms request could have to wait to avoid alienating being Jain aim difficult trade talks a special budget could be passed by Taiwan's legislature as early as this summer as there will be a time crunch in the latter half of the year due to the January 2020 presidential and legislative elections the ruling Democratic Progressive Party DPP controls both the legislative and executive branches of government which should facilitate the passage of a special budget nevertheless while the move will be constant with the chai administration's efforts to foster closer ties with a us the DPP will have to combat claims by the opposition and more china friendly Kuomintang KMT at a conservative press questioning the purchase as well as public opinion against increased spending KMT legislator Wang Hong ware has accused the DPP administration of overspending and using arms procurement as a tool to boost its electoral prospect in 2020 ahead of the 2020 election giving the u.s. risk-averse attitude Washington will likely maintain a hands-off attitude let it be accused of interfering with democratic process this careful posture was reflected by American Institute in Taiwan AIT spokesperson Amanda monster who in a brief statement deferred questions on the finer details of a potential armed cell it is in the u.s. interest to keep a potential armed cell as low profile as possible boosting Taiwanese defense capabilities and real terms without causing unnecessary diplomatic tensions so far party heads have refrained from speaking publicly about a possible deal but as 2020 elections approach it is likely that more political heavyweights will weigh in on the topic public perceptions another aspect that will need countering is the popular narrative that the US has not been providing Taiwan with cutting-edge weaponry and nearly dumping old outdated and hill's equipment to make profits of Taiwan this view is misguided as Taiwan itself knows what it can and cannot get from the US and what it needs to straighten its defense capabilities the skepticism over US arms sales and arguably some of the anti-american sentiment that underlies this skepticism in Taiwan originate from a fundamental insecurity over the u.s. Taiwan relations despite engagement contact and defense exchanges between China and the US official diplomatic relations remain more of the level of friends with benefits than allies initiatives such as the Taiwan Relations Act 1979 region six assurances 1982 the Taiwan Travel Act 2018 and the Asia reassurance initiative act 2018 have all benefited Taiwan a signal that continued u.s. desire to stand by its Democratic partner still the US has never formally pledged to help militarily in case of a Chinese invasion this strategic and bigger way is different from gut fight u.s. mutual defense signed with other East Asian allies along the Pacific island chain such as South Korea Japan and the Philippines whatever happens in the next few months it is clear that Taiwan has an early need to close the fighter gap with a very growing Chinese air power a challenge that has been highlighted by the u.s. 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12 thoughts on “CHINA ANGERED :Taiwan Requests New Fighter Jets From the US — What Happens Next”

  1. I live in Taiwan ! I am American! Fuck you People's Republic Of China government !

    自由中國中華民國臺灣省萬歲!美國萬歲!

    打倒共產黨!打倒習近平獨裁者!

  2. The CCP will definitely become the scourge of the world including the United States in the future .
    But it's really regrettable that most of western peoples don't have taken notice of this yet .

  3. Our ONLY threat to world peace is Russia.

    They don't belong here. Head shape, upside down pyramid. That is their mark.

    If we unite as one tribe. We can remove what's stopping us from the fountain and tree.

    NO SIN IN REMOVING SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T BELONG.

    Took me a while to find it. But I finally did. Vatican and other nations are under their control because they have Solomons ring.

    God bless.

  4. Taiwan, as an independent nation is in full right to strengthen its defenses! It is only China and Russia who consider themselves to be entitled to decide what their neighbours should do, it is called Communism.

  5. Most of Taiwanese oppose to unify ( not reunify ) with China .
    I think Taiwan may be better to merge with the United States .( perhaps it would be beneficial to both .)
    But now , Taiwan is an independent sovereign country undoubtedly and undeniably .

  6. The US still has national strength to wage trade warfare with the Communist China at this moment , But after ten years the US may probably just has only one choice : Raising the white flag .

    If they do nothing but just let time pass away .

    Fortunately , GREAT TRUMP had already done something………

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