Saturday, October 1, 2011

PACOM boss: China much stronger than Taiwan

By Matthew Pennington - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 13:13:47 EDT
NEW YORK — The chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific says recently announced upgrades of Taiwan’s fleet of F-16 fighter jets will improve the island’s defense capability but the military balance will remain heavily tilted in China’s favor.
Adm. Robert Willard told a news conference Tuesday the disparity in combat power across the Taiwan Strait is profound, because of China’s ballistic missiles, fighter aircraft and missile defense.
“Taiwan arms sales are not going to ever achieve the rebalance of that,” Willard said.

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