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US decides to upgrade Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets, but not sell it new ones, sources say
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Congressional aides say the Obama administration has decided to upgrade Taiwan's existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets but not sell it the new planes it also wants.
The administration gave a briefing on Capitol Hill on its decision Friday, but has yet to issue a formal notification of the intended sale. An announcement on the sale is expected by the end of this month.
Two congressional aides confirmed the decision to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to make it public.
The decision represents a compromise aimed at improving Taiwan's ability to defend itself, while assuaging China's concern over the arms sales. However, Beijing is still expected to react angrily. It regards the self-governing island as part of its territory.