Amid the rising threat from China, studies have emerged stating that Taiwan officers have urged Washington to speed up the delivery of US-made F-16 jets to Taipei.
US President Joe Biden’s “administration has discussed with Taiwanese officials the possibility of expediting the delivery of American-made F-16s to Taiwan,” reported Taipei Times citing a CNN report.
“The sale of the 22 fighter jets was approved in 2019, but Taiwan hopes to speed up the actual delivery time — which normally can take up to 10 years — particularly in light of the recent Chinese provocations,” the report mentioned.
This got here as the “Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Command has watched with increasing concern as China has rapidly modernized its military and improved its training with an eye to Taiwan,” the report added.
Around 150 Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy plane have made incursions in Taiwan’s air defence identification zone from October 1-5, Taipei Times reported citing the information from Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense.
Meanwhile, these are one the largest incursions from Beijing that Taiwan has surfaced in the previous few days.
The incursions occurred as Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million folks situated off the southeastern coast of mainland China, although the 2 sides have been ruled individually for greater than seven many years.
Taipei, then again, has countered the Chinese aggression by growing strategic ties with democracies together with the US, which has been repeatedly opposed by Beijing.
China has additionally threatened that “Taiwan’s independence” means warfare. On June 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to full reunification with self-ruled Taiwan and vowed to smash any makes an attempt at formal independence for the island.
Recently, Taipei has additionally expressed that it’s going to not begin a warfare with China however ‘it’s ready for it’.