Tsai wants US to make F-16 decision

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Taipei Times
Date: Aug 16, 2019
By: Aaron Tu and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday made clear her intention to buy more upgraded F-16 jets from

President Tsai Ing-wen, front row second left, stands next to a model of a F-16 jet yesterday on the opening day of the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition at Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall 1.
Photo: CNA

the US and expressed the hope that Washington would reach a decision on the sale, as she tried out an F-16 flight simulator at the opening of the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition.

Tsai gave a speech at the opening ceremony at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall 1 and toured the defense pavilion, where she viewed the indigenous Jian Hsiang anti-radiation drone, the Teng Yun medium-altitude long-endurance drone and experienced the F-16 simulator.

“I tried the F-16 simulator a while ago. We need to constantly enhance our air defense capability,” she said in an interview after the tour. “I hope we can have more F-16 jets.”

“I also hope that the US government can make a decision after they complete their internal process,” Tsai said.    [FULL  STORY]

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