LOCAL CONCERNSMinister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan last month firmly opposed the nation having a THAAD system, to avoid a confrontation with China
Date: Apr 06, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The nation does not need a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, but
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]