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Thread: #Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen says #US arms deals help ‘aggressively promote’ indigenous defence industry 👍🇹🇼👍 scmp.com/news/china/mil…
On Taiwan’s armed forces day, Tsai says homegrown submarine and jet trainer programmes are not just about sloganeering - US expects Taipei’s defence budget to grow ‘commensurate with the threats’ it faces
She said purchases of M1A2 Abrams tanks and multirole F-16V fighter aircraft from the US were proof that “our determination to defend ourselves [has] also won support from international society”.
Tsai said an indigenous submarine programme, a factory to build those vessels in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, and a jet trainer prototype were in the works.
This month, Washington approved the sale of 66 F-16Vs to Taiwan in a US$8 billion deal. It recently waved through the US$2.2 billion sale of 108 Abrams tanks and 250 shoulder-launched Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
W. Brent Christensen, America’s top representative in Taiwan, said this month that he anticipated continued growth in Taiwan’s defence spending “commensurate with the threats” it faced.
China’s President Xi Jinping has said he would not rule out using force against what he called external parties and Taiwanese separatists in efforts to unify Taiwan and the mainland under the one-China principle.
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