Tai­wan to up­grade its F-16 fight­ers

New Straits Times - - World -

TAIPEI: Tai­wan says it is plan­ning to up­grade its F-16 jet fight­ers and will seek cut­tingedge stealth air­craft from the United States in the face of a grow­ing mil­i­tary threat from China. Yesterday’s an­nounce­ment fol­lowed the re­lease of this year’s US$11.4 bil­lion (RM50 bil­lion) de­fence bud­get, an in­crease of less than one per cent from last year. That com­pared with China’s seven per cent rise in de­fence spend­ing, an­nounced this week, to about US$151 bil­lion, the world’s sec­ond largest af­ter the US.

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