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Taipei is seeking to purchase from Washington a shipment of newer F-16s, especially the more advanced F-16C/D Block 50+ variant, but the Obama administration has not granted the request. Also, another request for a badly needed upgrade of the older F-16A/B models already in service with the Chinese air force is not on the table.
Analysts who have focused on China’s People’s Liberation Army say there is no mechanism for taking away the technology China has assimilated from Russia. “The genie is out of the bottle,” one analyst said.
There is also little question that the PLA is “feeling its oats. That it has come into its own with an entire lineup of high-tech weapons at a time when China is becoming the world’s second largest economy — and when China is the one nation in the world that is not afflicted with anemic economic performance,” said a senior academic at Peking University’s prestigious School of International Relations.
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