TAIPEI — Taiwan said Monday that it needs fighter jets which are more advanced than the upgraded F-16 announced by the United States, suggesting that it was dropping its bid for dozens of the aircraft.
LOL … Phase Three of the F-16 issue: after Phase Two in which the US refused to sell C/Ds, Ma now rejects upgrades to A/Bs in preparation for asking for F35s - something it knows the US will never agree to. They will say they tried but its hands are tied because the US doesn’t want to antagonise China and undermine the development of peaceful cross-strait relations TM.
This is all the more funny given a speech Ma made last week in which he hailed his administration’s substantial arms purchases.
I suspect the ultimate goal is to make Taiwan’s air defence so weak as to make defence of Taiwan unfeasible therefore creating the right conditions for presenting some form of annexation as an inevitable fait accompli.
But let’s not focus entire on Ma’s goal to sell Taiwan off. Everyone has known what his ultimate agenda has been all along. The US however, has been pulling out of its commitments to Taiwan since 1997 and has essentially signalled that it is happy to concede Taiwan to a PRC sphere of influence. It is a strategic error it, by most of all the Taiwanese people, will come to bitterly regret later on.