Sosok.ID – In the midst of the corona pandemic, many countries in the world have lost income.
One of them is Taiwan.
The country’s income has decreased dramatically.
Moreover, the situation is getting more difficult when China always harasses Taiwan’s sovereignty while Taipei is busy dealing with corona.
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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visited the Taiwan fighter jet engine maintenance base on Saturday (26/9). The visit is to provide a boost as Taiwan’s armed forces experience tension in the face of repeated Chinese air force attacks.
Reuters reported that this month alone, Chinese warplanes have crossed the sensitive centerline of the Taiwan Strait several times and trained near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea.
Beijing regards Taiwan as a recalcitrant province and has never abandoned the use of force to bring Taiwan under Chinese control.
The Taiwan Air Force has repeatedly attempted to intercept Chinese jets. Even though they haven’t flown over the mainland of Taiwan itself, the flight has put increased pressure, both financial and physical on the Taiwanese air force to ensure its planes are ready to fly at all times.
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Visiting the Gangshan air base in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung, Tsai received a detailed report of how maintenance crews ensured Taiwanese F-16s and other fighter jets were operating at peak performance.
He seemed a little surprised when he was told that the price of one small part for the F-CK-1 Ching-kuo Indigenous Defense Fighter was T $ 380,000 or the equivalent of US $ 13,000.
Speaking later to the sailors near the Zuoying naval base, Tsai promised to become the strongest supporter of the island’s armed forces.
“If there is no backup or assistance from all of you, the steadfast military fighting strength will be greatly reduced,” he said.
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Taiwan’s Air Force is losing ground to China, and tensions from attacks on Taiwan’s armed forces are beginning to emerge.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense this month said a “dramatic increase” in threat levels had led to large increases in initially unbudgeted maintenance costs.
The United States (US) last year approved a sale of US $ 8 billion worth of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, a deal that would see Taiwan own more than 200 F-16s and the largest in Asia.
Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang expressed concern about the cost of tensions with China.
“Every time Communist planes attack Taiwan, our air force is airborne, and it is very expensive. This is not only a burden for Taiwan, but also a big burden for China, ”he said.
A diplomat based in Taiwan, citing conversations with security officials, said China appeared to be carrying out a campaign of attrition by flying frequently.
“China is trying to undermine Taiwanese pilots by making them constantly nervous,” the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
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“The provocation of Chinese fighter jets has made the Taiwan fighter aircraft maintenance budget swollen.”