Taiwan to ask US for stealth fighters to defend against communist China
- Taiwan has said it plans to upgrade its F-16 fighter jets and will seek cutting-edge stealth aircraft from the US in the face of a growing military threat from China.
Taiwan's defence minister, Feng Shih-kuan, told lawmakers the country was focusing on inexpensive but effective "asymmetric warfare" techniques to combat threats in the air and seas. He said the budget amounted to 2.05% of Taiwan's economy but that he hoped it would increase to nearly 3% next year.
That compares with China's 7% rise in defence spending, announced this week, bringing its defence budget to about $151bn, the world's second-largest after the US.(Excerpt) Read more at: theguardian.com ...
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