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Another step forward for China and Taiwan

Chinese and Taiwanese airlines today began operating scheduled direct flights for the first time in 60 years. For several years, they have been operating regular chartered flights. But this has been formalised into a scheduled structure after an agreement earlier this year.Yet, the good news has been tempered by the fact that the Dalai Lama, […]

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Taiwan’s F-16 wish continues to face obstacles

Back in town after a short (and badly needed) holiday and a working trip late last week to Taiwan, where I had an interesting talk with several people involved in the defence market.The island is still being stymied by the USA in its attempts to buy new Lockheed Martin F-16C/Ds. However, defence contractors believe that […]

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Taiwan’s F-16 question comes up again

Here we go again. For years, the Bush administration dithered on Taiwan’s request to buy 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/Ds and never made its mind up. Instead, the Obama administration inherited the contentious issue and is about to start studying the request.Taiwan is a special case in international relations, and Washington is wary of selling it […]

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PARIS 2009: IDF upgrades may not be enough for Taiwan

Taiwan plans to upgrade its indigenous AIDC F-CK-1 fighters to the C/D “Goshawk” standard, but it may not be enough. Washington is still stalling on Taipei’s request to buy 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/Ds, and there may be a major capability gap vis-a-vis China’s air force without them.Apart from the IDFs, the air force also operates […]

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Paris 2009: AIDC could make parts for China’s Comac 919

Cross-straits ties are set for a further boost through the aerospace industry if Taiwan’s AIDC wins a contract to be a supplier for China’s upcoming narrowbody passenger aircraft.AIDC officials yesterday confirmed that they could help Commercial Aircraft Corp of China’s (Comac) manufacture flaps, slats, leading edge flaps, rudders, elevators and belly fairings.China has regarded Taiwan […]

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Getting to the root of the problem in Taiwan

Kids who don’t want to eat their vegetables may find some friends among Taiwan’s airlines. According to news reports, the carriers are removing potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables from their in-flight vegetarian menus to comply with International Air Transport Association regulations.The change is to follow Indian vegetarian rules, which according to the IATA mean […]

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