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Ros-Lehtinen Disappointed Taiwan Arms Package Excludes New F-16s


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today on the Administration's announcement of a new arms package sale to Taiwan:

"The upgrade of older model F-16s is a modest step in the right direction but woefully insufficient to meet Taiwan's increasingly urgent requirements for modern combat fighters and other defensive weapons systems. The Administration's most recent China Military Power Report clearly shows the threats that Taiwan faces from an increasingly aggressive China. The decision by the Administration not to include the F-16 C/D fighter in this package calls into question the Administration's commitment to longstanding policy to ensure that Taiwan is able to defend itself from mainland China, as legislatively mandated in the Taiwan Relations Act.

"This deal has Beijing's fingerprints all over it."

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