Taiwan beefing military budget to beat back China and the U.S. is more than willing to help
Taiwan is looking to buy several American F-16s to complement its military, an act aimed at showing the People’s Republic of China that it would resist any threats of invasion.
A long-time ally of Taiwan, the United States is more than willing to sell a few of its top-tier export models, especially as Taiwan ups the military budget to a whopping $13.1 billion for next year.
Taiwan has been under constant military threat from China since the 1940s, as the communist mainland claims ownership of the self-ruled island nation. As the PRC has grown in power and influence, many nations have stepped away from recognizing Taiwan.
According to VOA News, Taiwan is largely outnumbered by the PRC in terms of military strength, though it does possess technologically superior weapons in many cases.
The United States has sold off the F-16V multirole fighter and M1A2T Abrams Main Battle Tank to Taiwan, which will supplement the island’s current -and aging- F-16 fleet, as well as provide new armor capabilities.
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