"The chief policymaker of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan 民主党, Seiji Maehara 前原誠司, thanked visiting Taiwanese opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen (Cài Yīngwén) 蔡英文 for the help the people of Taiwan provided to Japan following the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster 東日本大震災 and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant 福島第一原子力発電所事故, DPJ officials said.
Maehara, a former foreign minister and current chairman of the DPJ Policy Research Committee, expressed gratitude in a meeting with Tsai, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (Mínzhǔjìnbùdǎng) 民主進步黨, who will challenge incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou (Mǎ Yīngjiǔ) 馬英九 of the Nationalist Party (Zhōngguó Guómíndǎng) 中國國民黨 in an election in January.
Tsai told Maehara that many citizens in Taiwan have an affinity for Japan and have tried to provide as much help as possible as the Japanese cope with the natural disaster and nuclear crisis. Japan has received a raft off donations and relief goods from Taiwan since March 11."
"A senior US government official says the United States is still considering weapons sales to Taiwan, including new F-16 fighter aircraft.
Acting Assistant Defense Secretary Peter Lavoy testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday regarding US policies toward Taiwan.
Lavoy responded to criticism from lawmakers about the government's decision last month to upgrade Taiwan's existing fleet of F-16s instead of selling the territory new jets of the same type.
He said that retrofitting the fleet amounts to what he called 'the best bang for the buck' for now and is the immediate priority.
Lavoy said the US is talking with Taiwan about ways to step up the territory's defense capabilities against China and has not ruled out selling it new F-16 aircraft.
China is against both upgrading and replacing Taiwan's aging F-16 jets."