Report: US will not offer new F-16s to Taiwan

September 16, 2011 08:17

US President Barack Obama has decided against selling new F-16 jets to Taiwan but will give the island an arms package worth $4.2 billion, the Washington Times reported.

The newspaper quoted administration and congressional officials as saying the US Congress will be briefed later on Friday on the proposals.The White House declined comment, the newspaper said. Officials in Taiwan had no immediate comment.

The Obama administration had said it would decide by Oct 1 on Taiwan's request to buy 66 late-model F-16 fighter planes built by Lockheed Martin Corp .

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