.US lawmakers back Taiwan F-16 sale

‘DEMOCRATIC PARTNER’: US Senator Marco Rubio said the move is important for Taiwan’s self-defense efforts and urged the US Congress to quickly approve the sale

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 18, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA, Washington

Several US lawmakers on Friday voiced their support for a plan by US President Donald Trump’s

An F-16 jet performs aerobatic maneuvers on the last day of Aero India at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India, on Feb. 24.
Photo: AP

administration to sell updated F-16 jets to Taiwan.

US Senator Marco Rubio commended the Trump administration for moving forward with strengthening Taiwan’s defense capabilities.

“As the Chinese government and [the Chinese] Communist Party seek to extend their authoritarian reach in the region, it is critical that the United States continues to enhance our strategic relationship with our democratic partner Taiwan through regular and consistent support,” Rubio said in a statement.

“This move is an important step in support of Taiwan’s self-defense efforts, and I urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee to quickly advance this critical arms sale,” Rubio added.    [FULL  STORY]

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