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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) made the following statement regarding the sale of F-16s to Taiwan:

“The sale of F-16s to Taiwan sends a strong message about the U.S. commitment to security and democracy in the Indo-Pacific. As leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, we are pleased the Administration is moving forward with this sale and have every confidence that it will be supported on a bipartisan and bicameral basis. As the PRC steps up its military aggression in the region, we need to do all we can to support our friends around the world. Following our meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen in New York last month, we know this sale will underscore our deep and enduring partnership with Taiwan. Further, it will help deter China as they threaten our strategic partner Taiwan and its democratic system of government.”