President Tsai thanked the US for announcing an arms sales package for Taiwan, saying that it shows US commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act. Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University said the US$500 million package is to renew F-16 pilot training program and maintenance crews at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. As for the sale of jet fighters to Taiwan, Prof.Chen quoted sources from Time that the US has postponed the sale until the trade agreement has been reached between the US and China. The proposed sale to Taiwan includes spare parts for Taiwan's F-16, C-130, F-5 and other aircraft systems.
Prof.Edward Chen said if China continued to send fighter jets to cross the median line of the Taiwan Strait, the US would perceive it as China was trying to change the status quo of the Taiwan Strait and the US might take some countermeasures to stop such an attempt by implementing Taiwan Travel Act or selling Taiwan F-35 advanced fighter aircraft.
Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University. Prof.Chen obtained his Ph.D in political science from Columbia University, USA.