Notice of F-16V fighter sale to Taiwan expected soon: U.S. lawmaker

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/25
By: Chiang Chin-yeh and Chung Yu-chen

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Washington, July 24 (CNA) U.S. lawmaker Michael McCaul said in an article published online Wednesday that he anticipates Congress will receive notification of the sale of dozens of F-16V fighter aircraft to Taiwan very soon.

The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs under the U.S. State Department already announced a weapons package for Taiwan that includes M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles, with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency informing Congress of its approval July 9.

However, the package does not include 66 F-16V fighter jets that Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) sought to purchase in February.

House Representative Michael McCaul said in an article published Wednesday in the Diplomat, an online Asia-Pacific current-affairs magazine, that China's military forces are estimated at more than 2 million active duty personnel, compared to about 275,000 in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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