August 16, 2019
U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today praised the announcement by the State Department that the U.S. will sell 66 F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft to Taiwan:
“As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act this year, our defense cooperation with Taiwan remains an important pillar of security and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the Indo-Pacific region as a whole. The sale of F-16 aircraft will help Taiwan maintain a sufficient self-defense capability and field a capable, modern fighter fleet—all the more important to deter aggression given Beijing’s increasing assertiveness and military buildup. We commend President Trump and his Administration for their support of Taiwan and a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
Background: Last March, Inhofe and Cornyn asked President Trump to support Taiwan’s efforts to procure the F-16 aircraft. The National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 includes provision that would express the sense of the Senate concerning the enhancement of the United States-Taiwan defense relationship.