Taiwan would welcome F-35 jet sales: ministry

LOCAL CONCERNSMinister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan last month firmly opposed the nation having a THAAD system, to avoid a confrontation with China

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 06, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The nation does not need a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, but

An F-35 Lightning II multirole jet takes off during a training mission at the US’ Hill Air Force Base in Utah on March 15. Photo: AFP

welcomes the possibility of acquiring Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II multirole jets, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday in response to speculation that the US might offer Taiwan the two systems.

Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun on Sunday reported that the US has listed the THAAD system and F-35s in its arms sale items to Taiwan.

The proposed items are considered an attempt by the US to resume talks with Taiwan about a US$1 billion arms deal that has been put on hold.

However, the ministry yesterday said that it has not received any information from the US.    [FULL  STORY]

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