F-16V jets perform an elephant walk during an annual New Year’s drill in Chiayi on Jan. 5 last year. Photo: Lo Pei-de, Taipei Times  

Reuters: Taiwan says defence spending to focus on readying for ‘total blockade’ by China 

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s defence spending this year will focus on preparing weapons and equipment for a “total blockade” by China, including parts for F-16 fighters and replenishing weapons, the military said in a report. 

China, which views Taiwan as its own territory, staged war games around the island in August, firing missiles over Taipei and declaring no-fly and no-sail zones in a simulation of how it would seek to cut Taiwan off in a war.

In a report seeking parliamentary budget approval, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters on Monday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said it began reviewing its strategic fuel reserves and repair abilities last year, but did not give details. 

In “anticipation of a total blockade of the Taiwan Strait”, spending this year would include replenishment of artillery and rocket stocks, and parts for F-16 fighters “to strengthen combat continuity”, the ministry said.  

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Update #1: Military braces for blockade by China (Taipei Times)

Update #2: Taiwan braces for ‘total blockade’ – media (RT)  

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