Taiwan is deploying new fighter jets in response to increasing tension with China
Taiwan reportedly deployed advanced fighter jets on Thursday in a show of strength and cooperation with the U.S. amid rising tensions with China, which claims the democratically run island as its territory. Yesterday, the president of Taiwan showed off the 64 upgraded F-16V fighter jets at an air force base in Chiayi. This report was sourced by The Associated Press.
The fourth-generation fighter jets can track 20 targets simultaneously and use advanced weaponry, making them a part of people’s everyday life. People living in countries such as the U.S., China & Russia have air forces that use fifth-generation aircraft for this task.
A new fleet of F-15 fighter jets was introduced after China repeatedly entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone in recent months. There are no signs that the Chinese government is planning on giving up control of the island, but they still have time to decide if they choose.
“As long as we stick to the values of democracy and freedom, there will be more like-minded countries standing on the same side with us,” Tsai said at the event, Reuters reported.
Taiwan is set to have its 141 F-16 jets upgraded by the end of 2023. This will be a huge boost to the country’s military capabilities.
The Taiwan remarks controversy has recently forced the White House to state President Biden’s position on the matter.
Taiwan’s independence from China has been a high-profile issue in the past few months, with US officials publicly backing Taiwan politically. However, on Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump “backpedaled” and demanded that America’s official position be that it will support China after all.
President Trump also said the U.S. supports Taiwan’s defense and that no troops would be committed under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act. The President vowed to defend Taiwan after China attempted to take it over, but this has not been stated as a commitment under the terms of such an act.