Trump Administration Approves Sale of F-16s to Taiwan

Two F-16 Fighting Falcon launch flares during an annual drill at a Air Base in Taitung City

The Trump administration has approved the sale of dozens of new F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, the first major warplane sale to the island state in nearly 30 years.

The interagency decision, to be announced in the near future, authorized the sale of up to 66 F-16V jet fighters at an estimated cost of $13 billion, according to administration officials familiar with internal discussions.

How China and Russia Could Defeat the U.S. in War

Despite maintaining military supremacy—albeit by a smaller margin than in recent decades—the U.S. could still lose wars against China and Russia, both of which have developed concepts of defeating a more powerful America in armed conflict.

U.S. Warships Pass Through Taiwan Strait Amid China Tensions

Shiyu, or Lion Islet, which is part of Kinmen county, one of Taiwan's offshore islands

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday in the first such operation this year, the Taiwan government said, as it increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway to the concern of China.

Taiwan Rebukes Ruling Party, Emboldens China-Friendly Opposition

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announces her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party after local elections in Taipei

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Voters in Taiwan have delivered a strong rebuke to the island’s pro-independence ruling party in local elections, emboldening the China-friendly opposition, one of whose main figures says he will now reach out to Beijing to forge more friendly ties.