torsdag 22. august 2019

US risks China's anger after sealing $8bn deal to sell Taiwan 66 fighter jets

The Trump administration has approved the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan in a move expected to anger Beijing. Taiwan will get the latest version of the Lockheed Martin-built fighter, the F-16C/D Block 70, in the $8bn deal, the state department said.

Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, said in a statement that president Donald Trump had green-lighted the proposed sale after Congress was notified last week.The F-16s “are deeply consistent with the arrangements, the historical relationship between the United States and China”, Pompeo said.