U.S. Bows Down to China on Taiwanese F-16 Purchase

Posted: August 14, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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I am chinaDraw your own conclusions, but the Obama administration (in another continuation of a Bush administration policy) has decided that Taiwan will not be allowed to purchase 66 shovel-ready F-16C/Ds.  In lieu of this, upgrades to existing Taiwanese F-16s will be offered.

Will the no-sale hold? 

More than a few TADTE [Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition] attendees said the Obama administration might reverse the decision as the 2012 presidential election approaches and political pressure for new jobs builds.

And just what are the U.S. economic implication?

A June report by the Perryman Group, a Texas-based economic and financial analysis firm, estimated that Taiwan’s F-16C/D program would create more than 16,000 jobs and almost $768 million in U.S. federal tax revenue. Much of that tax revenue and new jobs would go to election battleground states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Texas and Utah.

Is this an appeasement effort to China?  Ponder the following:

…China holds about 8 percent of U.S. debt, the largest block in foreign hands.


China has called the sale a "red line." A recent editorial in the state-controlled People’s Daily called for the use of a "financial weapon" against the U.S. if new F-16s were released.

Is it possible the no-sale might have been made regardless of China’s position on the topic?  No.

  1. […] legislation to allow the Taiwanese sale (contra the administration’s position) is being pondered.  Normally such an effort, offered up by a member of the minority party […]

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