Taiwan Says F-16 Deliveries Delayed, Working to Minimize Damage

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The Facts

  • Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday that the delivery of 66 advanced new F-16Vs from the US has been delayed due to supply chain disruptions.

  • In 2019, the US approved an $8B sale of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. Delivery on the sale is set to increase the total number of the island's F-16 fleet to more than 200 jets, making it the largest in Asia.

The Spin

Anti-China narrative

China is a threat to the US, and American foreign policy needs to address this. By supporting Taiwan, the US is helping to protect democracy abroad and challenge the dominant power in the region.

Pro-China narrative

Taiwan is rightfully a Chinese sovereign territory. The US has official diplomatic ties with China and only unofficial diplomatic ties with Taiwan. American political and military support of Taiwan needs to stop if Washington wants to avoid escalating tensions.

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