On the surface, the Trump administration’s proposal to sell F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan seems to make sense. It makes money for American companies, helps an ally provide for its own defense, and provides a check on a rising China. But a closer look reveals that it will prolong the trade war, do little to help Taiwan defend itself, and raise the risk of war. And that is a deal the United States can do without.

September 17, 2019 in Defense One

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About Trevor Thrall

I am a professor at George Mason University and Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program.

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