Political implications of US fighters landing in Tainan

Want China Times
Date: 2015-04-09
By: Wang Kun-yi

Two American F-18 fighters made an emergency landing at a Tainan Air Force base because

One of the American F-18 fighters leaves Taiwan after the emergency visit, April 3. (Photo/CNA)

One of the American F-18 fighters leaves Taiwan after the emergency visit, April 3. (Photo/CNA)

of a mechanical glitch on April 1 to protect the safety of the planes and the pilots.

Beijing reacted by lodging a strong protest and expressed the hope that the US abide by the “one China” policy and the Three Communiques.

The fighters were then repaired and left for Singapore to take part as scheduled in an air-to-air exercise called Commando Sting, but the ripple effects of the incident could linger for a while.

Many scholars across the Taiwan Strait and in the United States have read political overtones into the incident rather than treating it simply as an emergency landing necessitated by a malfunctioning aircraft.     [FULL  STORY]

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