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October 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan: Protection of fishermen's rights in disputed waters a priority CNA 31 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan has sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Taiwan: Data leaked in China spy case not highly classified CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- The military information allegedly sold by a retired naval officer to China was not highly classified information and was related to the Navy's missions to escort fishing boats,.
- Six Chinese ships enter waters off Diaoyutais CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Six Chinese ships entered waters off the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, marking the fifth time this month that Chinese vessels have sailed into the disputed area.
- Taiwan hoping for talks with ASEAN states on territorial dispute CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is hoping to hold discussions with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, the foreign ministry said.
- Taiwan, Japan discussing meetings on fishery talks: ministry CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still discussing holding preparatory meetings before a 17th round of bilateral fishery talks can take place, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said.
- Emergency equipment at nuclear power plant reinforced CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan's Second Nuclear Power Plant has had its emergency measures reinforced with the addition of an emergency water supply system and separate power generators in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan last year.
- Taiwan's military denies leak of major secrets in China spy case CNA 29 Oct 2012 -- No classified submarine navigational charts or underwater topographic information were leaked in a case in which a retired naval officer allegedly spied for China.
- Ex-naval officer arrested on charges of spying for China CNA 29 Oct 2012 -- A retired naval officer has been arrested on suspicion of collecting classified information for China, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said.
- Taiwan committee sees natural gas in nuclear power plant's future CNA 29 Oct 2012 -- The Legislative Yuan's Economics Committee passed a resolution that called for the conversion of the country's uncompleted fourth nuclear power plant into a power plant run on natural gas.
- Two minehunters from U.S. commissioned into Taiwan's Navy CNA 26 Oct 2012 -- Two refitted coastal minehunters purchased from the United States were commissioned Friday into the Navy at the Tsoying naval base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's largest naval base.
- Taiwan: Budget, technology key to building new warplanes CNA 24 Oct 2012 -- Defense Minister Kao said the country's overall fiscal situation, defense budget and technological expertise should all be taken into account regarding the question of whether Taiwan should build next-generation warplanes.
- Taiwan: Upgrade of F16 fleet squeezes budgets for other weapons CNA 24 Oct 2012 -- The defense ministry said Taiwan's heavy investment in upgrading its fleet of F16 A/B fighter jets is squeezing budgets allocated for other weaponry systems.
- Taiwan mulling domestic maintenance of its Patriot missiles CNA 24 Oct 2012 -- The defense ministry said it will gradually reduce dependence on the United States for the maintenance of Taiwan's Patriot missiles in order to cut costs and improve efficiency in that area.
- Taiwan concerned by Panama's support of Japanese claim to Diaoyutais CNA 23 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed grave concern over Panama's support for Japan's claim to the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Resumption of fishery talks with Japan not a done deal: ministry CNA 23 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still negotiating the resumption of bilateral talks on fishing rights, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
- ROC reaffirms Diaoyutais sovereignty as Japan admits China row CNA 22 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan reiterated its sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in light of reports of an official admission by Japan that it has a sovereignty dispute with China over the island group in the resource-rich East China Sea.
- Taiwan Defense ministry confident of reaching recruiting target by year-end CNA 22 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense said it has met 45.75 percent of its annual recruiting target and is on pace to reach its target by the end of the year.
- Staff do not use Chinese cellphone services: NSB chief CNA 22 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan's National Security Bureau chief said that bureau staff are issued with security-enhanced cellphones made by a local smartphone vendor and use a local telecommunication service provider.
- Top negotiator concludes China visit with fruitful results CNA 21 Oct 2012 -- Senior Chinese officials have given goodwill responses to several major issues of concern to Taiwan.
- Symposium on Diaoyutai Islands opens in Taichung CNA 19 Oct 2012 -- A symposium on the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea was held in Taichung, central Taiwan.
- Japan urged to recognize Diaoyutais sovereignty dispute CNA 18 Oct 2012 -- Japan should recognize the existence of the sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, a former Republic of China representative to the United States said.
- China's expanding military capabilities pose threat to Taiwan: report CNA 18 Oct 2012 -- China's expanding military transportation capabilities have become increasingly threatening to Taiwan.
- Taiwan keeping close tabs on military vessels near Diaoyutais CNA 17 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is keeping a close eye on military vessels passing through waters near the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Report: Asian Powers Beef up Military Spending VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- Security analysts say a new study on regional military spending indicates Asia's major powers, led by China, are getting serious about defense matters.
- U.S. welcomes widening exchanges between DPP and China CNA 15 Oct 2012 -- The United States supports engagement across the Taiwan Strait at all levels, including interaction between China and Taiwan's major opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
- Taiwan's new negotiator with China set for first mainland visit CNA 15 Oct 2012 -- Lin Join-sane, chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, will set off on his first visit to China, hoping to beef up his credentials in an area where he lacks experience.
- Late Air Force pilot honored with citation at memorial service CNA 15 Oct 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou issued a citation in honor of Air Force jet fighter pilot Col. Wang Tung-yi who died in a recent crash in France.
- Mirage fighter pilot's ashes brought home from France CNA 12 Oct 2012 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu paid tribute to a Taiwanese Air Force jet fighter pilot who died in a recent crash in France, as the pilot's remains were brought home Friday.
- China official hopes Taiwan-China ties continue under '1992 consensus' CNA 10 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi said Wednesday he hoped the relationship between Taiwan and China can continue under the '1992 consensus' and reiterated China's opposition to Taiwan independence.
- Military to ask Apple to cut satellite photo resolution: spokesman CNA 09 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will ask Apple Inc. to lower the resolution of its satellite photos of major military facilities and sensitive locations, a ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
- Taiwan shows propriety in protest over disputed islands: president CNA 08 Oct 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that both the private and government sectors have shown propriety in the recent protest against Japan over disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Taiwan hopes to resume fishery talks with Japan in November: official CNA 08 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is hoping to resume its long-stalled fishery talks with Japan around November, despite their current territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, a high-level Taiwanese official said Monday.
- China visit boosts Hsieh's confidence in Taiwan CNA 08 Oct 2012 -- Frank Hsieh, a senior figure in the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said Monday after returning from a five-day trip to China that his contacts with senior Chinese officials have boosted his confidence in Taiwan.
- Japan to resume fishery talks with Taiwan by year-end: media CNA 07 Oct 2012 -- Japan will resume long-stalled fishery talks with Taiwan by the end of the year to keep Taiwan from aligning with China in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, the Japanese-language Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.
- Japan's call for calm in handling disputes seen as 'goodwill' CNA 06 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese foreign minister's call for calm in dealing with 'pending issues' in relations between Taiwan and Japan demonstrated goodwill, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.
- MOFA urges Japanese to respect Taiwan's fishing rights near islets CNA 06 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Japan on Saturday to respect Taiwan's fishing rights in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and cooperate in holding a new round of fishery talks.
- Air Force may resume Mirage fighter operations next week CNA 06 Oct 2012 -- An Air Force official said Saturday that a suspension of the country's Mirage jet fighters after a fatal crash in France will likely be lifted next week at the earliest.
- Japan agrees with 'spirit' of Taiwan's East China Sea initiative CNA 05 Oct 2012 -- Japan agrees with the basic concept and spirit of Taiwan's East China Sea Peace Initiative, Japan's foreign minister said.
- Taiwan hoping to promote guidelines for ties with U.S. CNA 05 Oct 2012 -- Taipei is working toward the goal of forging written guidelines with Washington for future bilateral relations now that the ties have been institutionalized, Taiwan's outgoing representative to the United States said.
- Taiwan, U.S. high-level officials enjoy mutual trust: president CNA 04 Oct 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said that the close ties between Taiwan and the United States mainly stemmed from the mutual trust among the two countries' high-ranking government officials.
- ROC envoy to Japan returns to post CNA 04 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan's representative to Japan, Shen Ssu-tsun, returned to his post in Tokyo to resume his official duties, which include promoting bilateral relations.
- Taiwan AF to help probe Taiwanese pilot crash in France CNA 04 Oct 2012 -- An Air Force team was set to depart for France on Thursday night to help investigate a jet fighter crash in which a Taiwanese pilot died during training operations.
- Taiwan grounds Mirage fighters after crash in France CNA 04 Oct 2012 -- Air Force officials said that all of Taiwan's Mirage jet fighters have been grounded following a crash in France in which a Taiwanese pilot died during training operations.
- Taiwanese Pro-Independence Politician Visits China VOA 04 Oct 2012 -- Frank Hsieh, the former chairman of Taiwan's pro-independence party, is touring China for a visit that he says is aimed at building mutual trust.
- New Taiwan FM hopeful on resuming fishing talks with Japan CNA 03 Oct 2012 -- Foreign Minister David Lin, appearing at his first press conference since assuming his post, praised the state of communications between Taiwan and Japan.
- Taiwanese pilot dies in air crash in France CNA 03 Oct 2012 -- A Taiwanese military pilot died in a crash during a flight training in France, Taiwan's Air Force confirmed late that day.
- Crisis Watch report includes Taiwanese boats' Diaoyutais protest CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- The Belgium-based International Crisis Group mentioned Taiwanese fishing boats' recent protest near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and the subsequent standoff between Taiwanese and Japanese coast guard vessels.
- No date set for Taiwan-Japan fishery talks: officials CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still discussing the issues that should be covered in the next round of bilateral talks on fishing rights and when they should be held, despite escalating tensions between the two sides over the Diaoyutai Islands.
- U.S. responds positively to Taiwan's Diaoyutai initiative CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- Washington completely understands Taiwan's stance on the Diaoyutai Islands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
- Taiwan DefMin: Diaoyutai row not behind small U.S. presence at forum CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang said that the absence of high-ranking American officials at the Taiwan-U.S. Defense Industry Conference has nothing to do with territorial dispute.
- Taiwan Defense Ministry promises to investigate contractors CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense promised to terminate a contract with a company contracted to maintain its helicopter fleet if the company is found to be financed with funds from China's People's Liberation Army.
- Taiwan to step up anti-terrorism measures after visa waiver inclusion CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- The National Immigration Agency said it will step up its border security measures and anti-terrorism cooperation with other countries after Taiwan's inclusion in the U.S. visa waiver program.
- U.S. announces Taiwan's inclusion in visa waiver program CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- The United States announced Taiwan's membership in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
- Taiwan, Japan coast guards spar in waters near Diaoyutais CNA 01 Oct 2012 -- Coast guard vessels from Taiwan and Japan sparred in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands over their countries' conflicting claims to the uninhabited island chain in the East China Sea.
- Resolving Diaoyutais dispute through ICJ will be difficult: envoy CNA 01 Oct 2012 -- It will be difficult for Taiwan to resolve a territorial dispute involving Japan through the International Court of Justice because Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, Shen Ssu-tsun, Taiwan's representative to Japan, said.
- Taken Question: Taiwan Defense Industry Event US Dept. of State 01 Oct 2012
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