U.S. F-18 fighters’ landing in Taiwan unplanned: analysts

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/04/03
By: Elaine Hou

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) Despite speculation that the emergency landing of two U.S. F-18 fighters 201504030023t0001at a Taiwanese air force base on April 1 was a “political message” being sent by the Pentagon to Beijing, some Taiwanese analysts saw the speculation as far-fetched.

It was an “unintended incident,” said Alexander Huang (黃介正), an assistant professor in Tamkang University’s Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies in New Taipei.

“As far as I know, the U.S. military or the U.S. government would not take such action to send a message to China, Taiwan or any other country in the region,” said Huang, a specialist on U.S. defense and foreign policy and East Asian international relations.     [FULL  STORY]

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