Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

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By Ann Wang CHIAYI, Taiwan (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen lauded military cooperation with Washington on Thursday as she commissioned the first combat wing of F-16 fighters upgraded with U.S. help to bolster the island’s defences during rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Frequent Chinese and U.S. military exercises in the region have raised fears of conflict touched off by a crisis over democratically-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory. Tsai told a ceremony at an air base in the southern Taiwanese city of Chiayi to unveil the first squadron of its most …

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