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US to consider sales of new F-16s to Taiwan
Senator lifts hold on Pentagon appointment, administration to consider F-16 sales to Taiwan
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A Republican senator has lifted his hold on the appointment of a former Obama aide to a top Pentagon position after the administration said it would consider sales of new fighter jets to Taiwan.

Mark Lippert was confirmed Thursday as assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs after Texas Sen. John Cornyn lifted his opposition.

Cornyn's office released Friday a letter from the White House legislative director saying the administration would decide "on a near-term course of action on how to address Taiwan's fighter gap, including through the sale to Taiwan of an undetermined number of new U.S.-made fighter aircraft."

The administration agreed in September to upgrades of Taiwan's existing fleet but deferred a decision on selling new planes ' a step that would anger China.

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