Taiwan's long-standing samples purchased from the U.S. game fighter F-16 Fighting Falcon has once again failed. In late July, Washington had to sit down at the negotiating table with representatives of Beijing, without whose permission of any supply F-16 Taipei can be no question, and the negotiations are not expected given good results. Meanwhile, the armed forces of Taiwan more than age, and upgrade them on their own island government in the state.
Taiwan's Ministry of Defense for the first time situated a purchase order 66 new fighters F-16 Fighting Falcon in 2007. These aircraft need Republic of China to maintain combat power of its own air force, lacking fighters. In 2007, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush refused to see Taiwan's request without explanation of the circumstances. With all this the negotiation process with Taipei was frozen for a long time. In 2009, Taiwan's newly ordered F-16 fighters.
In addition to the Department of Defense combat aircraft of Taiwan in 2009, situated on the order multipurpose helicopters UH-60M Black Hawk, drums AH-64D Apache Longbow, Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems and related equipment, necessary for the maintenance of military equipment. The total purchase price was estimated at almost 10 billion dollars. First, in January 2010 the United States approved the sale of equipment only by 6.5 billion dollars, while delivery 66 fighters and was blocked. Taiwan then a couple more times disposal orders for South American warplanes.
That is, once a request has been focused in the United States first in 2011. With all this, the Taiwan authorities, placing an order, noted that the sovereignty and national security of the country in the criteria of continuous growth combat power of China is under threat. Hardly South American politicians do not know this before, but this time in the process of voting on the issue of the gun is 45 out of 100 U.S. Senators voted in favor of the supply fighter jets to Taipei. In general, it is still not prevent the U.S. Department of Municipal Taiwanese reject the request.
In general, a few weeks back ordered Taipei 66 F-16. It is interesting that now the U.S. decided not to take hasty decisions and took for himself on thinking up to October 1, 2011. Been initiated in parallel negotiations with China on the Taiwan issue. Their first round took place at the end of July 2011. The talks took the role of commissioner of China's Taiwan Affairs Wang Yi, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The talks ended in failure.
According to the agency "Xinhua" the Chinese side stated that it does not want to allow the U.S. to supply arms to Taiwan, as this could damage US-China relations. What this means, the agency has not explained. In general, we can recall that at the end of February 2010, when Washington approved the supply of military equipment to Taipei at 6.5 billion dollars, Beijing announced that it was suspending military cooperation with the United States, cancels all scheduled visits by Chinese officials in the United States and wants to impose sanctions against the companies involved in the supply of weapons and military equipment to Taipei.
In any case, of course, that China has become a political force to be reckoned with in the United States to realize their interests in the region. In the unlikely event of delivery weapons and military equipment to Taiwan already have been approved by the South American government. Now the United States seems to have reached a crossroads — on the one hand, they need to support developing democracy in Taiwan, on the other hand, it is not necessary to spoil relations with such a big country like China, the more so that the latter is in control of municipal bonds in the U.S. 1.16 trillion dollars. In the criteria are still not canceled the likelihood of a U.S. default, with municipal debt at 14 trillion dollars, this argument is very significant.
China does not recognize the independence of Taiwan, separated from the People's Republic in 1949. Moreover, Beijing accepts as Chinese Taipei area, awaiting reunification with the mainland, with this reunion, according to military doctrine, it is possible to achieve, if need be, and the security methods. For this reason, it does not matter what kind of weapon sales to Taipei very badly perceived by Beijing. Taiwan, in turn, has virtually no access to the world market of arms, as not enough who will agree to spoil relations with China on this issue.
As a result, constantly reduced combat power of the armed forces of Taiwan, armed with the latest technology fraction is not high. Namely, the currently Force Taiwan make flying a 124 jet fighters F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, 146 F-16A / B Fighting Falcon, 63 F/RF-5E Tiger II and 57 Mirage 2000-5EI/DI. Most of these aircraft entered service in the late 1970's — early 1980's, except for the state Ching-kuo and the American F-16, which make flying in the Air Force of Taiwan in the first half of the 1990s. With all this produce aircraft service life, and for some of them is almost time for write-off.
As the half-measures Taipei decides to different programs from upgrading, but of course, that without this substitution of obsolete equipment with the latest Taiwan should not rely on an effective and long confrontation with China in the case of a sample of forcible reunification. First, in July 2011 the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan has decided to modernize 71 fighter Ching-kuo, and signed an agreement with Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC). The deal amounted to 17 billion new Taiwan dollars (588 million U.S. dollars).
In 2010, the Department of Defense Taiwan unable to agree with the United States to supply upgrade kits for fighters F-16. Because of the effects of the global economic crisis, the government money Taiwan still can not find the funds to buy the necessary parts for the modernization and equipment; respective funding will be allocated in 2012. In the same year, as expected, the United States will supply upgrade kits to Taiwan. Taiwan plans to start a parallel program from upgrading class frigates "Oliver Hazard Perry" built by an American license.
In any case, the current level of Taiwan's security can not be called severe. According to Taiwan's intelligence service, the currently around 1,600 Chinese missiles of various types, located in the provinces of Fujian and Jiangxi, are aimed at Taiwan, in 2012, the number could increase to 1,800 units. And these criteria Taiwan's nothing to do but to seek any methods and resources to increase the combat power of its armed forces in the event of a long military confrontation with China.