Taiwan’s president condemns Chinese fake news about missing F-16

22-Nov-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 9:09 AM Print This Post

President Tsai Ing-wen condemned Chinese netisens Friday (November 20) for spreading “malicious fake news” alleging the pilot of a missing F-16 had defected to China.

Colonel Chiang Cheng-chih took off from Hualien Air Force Base Tuesday evening (November 17) but disappeared from the radar two minutes later. An intensive search of an area of the Pacific 9 nautical miles (15 kilometers) northeast of Hualien has reportedly turned up a signal from the plane’s black box.

However, pictures surfaced online allegedly showing the Taiwanese jet landing across the Taiwan Strait at Xiamen Airport in the Chinese province of Fujian, CNA reported. Chinese netisens wrote that the pilot had defected from the island nation and taken the American-built jet with him.

President Tsai and other senior Taiwanese government officials condemned the reports, saying they were “fake news” designed to undermine the morale of the military and the public.

Tsai said that as commander in chief, she would not tolerate an officer’s disappearance being used as propaganda against Taiwan’s military. Chiang’s wife said her husband would never defect to China because he was a hero, Defense minister Yen De-fa told the media.



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