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siegecrossbow

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It’s the visit of those 3 senators (Duckworth is easy to spot as she uses a wheelchair, as well as the obsequious and reptilian movements of the FM).

Surprised they used a C-17 to transport them and not a “VC” aircraft.

This is actually a pretty genius move by the American side. For the first time under Biden I felt he lived up to the “America is back” slogan (discounting rejoining WHO and other organizations Trump exited).

1) Sending vaccines to Taiwan during a time of need generates a lot of good will from the island.
2) If China interferes in any way (militarily or even verbal complain) the action could be construed as bullying and interfering with vaccine deliveries to Taiwan.
3) They can do this via military cargo planes repeatedly until all vaccines are delivered.
4) Other US allies can pull this stunt too if there is muted response from China.

Also I can’t be the only one getting Berlin airlift vibes from this. The only difference being that the Tsai government, not China, has implemented the blockade this time.
 

BoraTas

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This is actually a pretty genius move by the American side. For the first time under Biden I felt he lived up to the “America is back” slogan (discounting rejoining WHO and other organizations Trump exited).

1) Sending vaccines to Taiwan during a time of need generates a lot of good will from the island.
2) If China interferes in any way (militarily or even verbal complain) the action could be construed as bullying and interfering with vaccine deliveries to Taiwan.
3) They can do this via military cargo planes repeatedly until all vaccines are delivered.
4) Other US allies can pull this stunt too if there is muted response from China.

Also I can’t be the only one getting Berlin airlift vibes from this. The only difference being that the Tsai government, not China, has implemented the blockade this time.
What I wonder is does Taiwan really think it can achieve independence with these stunts?
 

siegecrossbow

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This is actually a pretty genius move by the American side. For the first time under Biden I felt he lived up to the “America is back” slogan (discounting rejoining WHO and other organizations Trump exited).

1) Sending vaccines to Taiwan during a time of need generates a lot of good will from the island.
2) If China interferes in any way (militarily or even verbal complain) the action could be construed as bullying and interfering with vaccine deliveries to Taiwan.
3) They can do this via military cargo planes repeatedly until all vaccines are delivered.
4) Other US allies can pull this stunt too if there is muted response from China.

Also I can’t be the only one getting Berlin airlift vibes from this. The only difference being that the Tsai government, not China, has implemented the blockade this time.

Just when I was about to commend Biden…

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Most of the first tranche, including Taiwan's, will be sent through COVAX, a U.N.-backed program to distribute vaccines to low and middle-income countries.

What did they actually carry on the plane?
 

voyager1

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Wow, great develoment for the US Navy and finally Boeing delivered something that works.

Love that drone. Elegant

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A prototype unmanned aerial tanker refueled a F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter last week in a first-of-its-kind test ahead of introducing drones to the Navy’s carrier flight decks, Naval Air Systems Command and Boeing announced on Monday.

 

Nobaron

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Well, that sucks.

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the Air Force corrected the remarks that Darlene Costello, the Air Force’s Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, had made at the hearing on June 8 regarding the status of the two B-21 Raider stealth bomber prototypes now under construction. Contrary to Costello's earlier comments, the service says that the two aircraft remain "in production."
One branch doesn't know what the other is doing. Very decentralized & democratic.
 

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