Taiwan says F-16 upgrade to contribute to regional peace

September 21, 2011 18:41

TAIPEI - Taiwan's defense ministry said on Wednesday that an upgrade package for its ageing F-16 fighter jets offered by the United States will contribute to regional peace by improving Taiwan's defense capability in the face of a continued threat from mainland China.

The Obama administration formally notified the US Congress on Wednesday of a potential $5.3 billion upgrade of Taiwan's existing fleet of US-built F-16 fighter jets, a move that China is certain to oppose.

"Mainland China's military expansion and threat against Taiwan still exist," Taiwan's defense ministry said in a statement.

"Improving our defense capability is a crucial and only measure to sustain regional security and stable development across the (Taiwan) strait."

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