Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Philippines refuses to stamp on controversial Chinese passports CNA 28 Nov 2012 -- The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday that it will not affix its seal on new Chinese passports in which a controversial map indicates China's claim of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.
- China expands eligibility for independent travel to Taiwan CNA 28 Nov 2012 -- College students and office workers in six of China's major cities are now eligible to visit Taiwan as independent travelers, even if they are not registered residents of those cities, a Chinese government official confirmed Wednesday.
- Taiwan's top cross-strait negotiator to visit China in December CNA 25 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China said Sunday he has organized two trips to China in December to address the education problems faced by children of Taiwanese business people based there.
- Defense ministry mulling plan to recruit more female soldiers CNA 25 Nov 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense is considering recruiting more women into the military, in light of the fact that females are showing increasing interest in serving, according to a ministry spokesman.
- Beijing urged to face reality of Republic of China's existence CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan has urged China to face the reality of the Republic of China's existence and avoid taking inappropriate action that could provoke unnecessary disputes.
- China should not break cross-strait stability: president CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou hopes China will not take inappropriate action to break the hard-earned stability across the Taiwan Strait, a Presidential Office spokesman said Friday.
- China's new passports unacceptable, harmful to mutual trust: Taiwan CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- China's inclusion of Taiwan as part of its national map and pictures of Taiwanese scenic spots in its new passports is unacceptable, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday in a strongly worded statement.
- Beijing will maintain consistent Taiwan policy: Chinese official CNA 21 Nov 2012 -- Beijing will maintain a consistent policy toward Taiwan and continue to promote and deepen cross-Taiwan Strait economic cooperation despite its recent power reshuffle.
- China-Taiwan ties to stay peaceful under Xi: China official CNA 20 Nov 2012 -- China will continue pursuing the peaceful and stable development of its relations with Taiwan under the new leadership unveiled at the end of the Communist Party of China's week-long congress last week.
- China advertises weapons with simulated attack on Taiwan CNA 19 Nov 2012 -- A video played at a show in Zhuhai in southern China to promote China's weapons systems simulated the bombing of military bases in Taiwan.
- U.S. commission expresses support for Taiwan's defense needs CNA 15 Nov 2012 -- The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said Wednesday it supports Taiwan's defense needs in light of the widening military gap between Taiwan and China, but will not comment on whether the U.S. should sell F-16 C/D fighter jets to Taiwan.
- China's new leadership likely to keep current Taiwan policy: MAC CNA 15 Nov 2012 -- Beijing is likely to continue its policy toward Taipei in the short term despite China's leadership transition, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
- Taiwan's top cross-strait negotiator to visit China in December CNA 14 Nov 2012 -- Lin Join-sane, chairman of the quasi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), is planning to visit China in December, the SEF said Wednesday.
- All-volunteer military service to go into effect as scheduled CNA 12 Nov 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday reaffirmed the all-volunteer military service system is being implemented as scheduled, rebutting a newspaper editorial that speculates the policy might be withdrawn.
- Taiwan completes trials of long-range supersonic missile: report CNA 12 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan has recently completed trials of a long-range version of the locally developed Hsiung Feng (Brave Wind) III missile, the local media reported Monday.
- Taiwan to host international forum on China's power transition CNA 11 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan will host an international conference over the next two days to analyze the ongoing power transition in China, particularly how it might affect policy-making in Beijing.
- Upgrading cross-strait economic talks should take priority: premier CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- Premier Sean Chen said Friday the upgrading of cross-Taiwan Strait economic dialogue should take priority over political issues between both sides.
- Consolidation of '1992 consensus' should be priority: official CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan should focus on consolidating the '1992 consensus,' which allows Taiwan and China to shelve their differences and build mutual trust, instead of replacing it with another formula on cross-strait affairs, a former senior official said Friday.
- Taiwan: Landing on Diaoyutai Islands won't solve problem CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- President Ma has rejected the idea of a landing on the disputed Diaoyutai Islands as a way of asserting sovereignty.
- Taiwan reiterates premises for peace pact with China CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- President Ma would promote a peace agreement with China under "three premises," but signing such an accord is not on his priority list for his second term in office because the conditions are not yet mature.
- Taiwan President vows to continue promoting cross-strait ties CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- President Ma pledged to continue to promote negotiations and cooperation with mainland China to consolidate peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.
- Cross-strait peace pact not priority: President CNA 08 Nov 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said that a cross-Taiwan Strait peace pact would not be a priority in his second term.
- Military confidence building measures with China must wait: official CNA 08 Nov 2012 -- The time is not yet ripe for establishing military confidence building measures between Taiwan and China, a Taiwanese defense official said.
- Cross-strait political issues must be faced: China official CNA 07 Nov 2012 -- Both sides of the Taiwan Strait will have to face cross-strait political issues "sooner or later," a spokesman for the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China said.
- Taiwan gives priority to sovereignty claim over talks with Japan CNA 07 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan has given priority to its sovereignty claim in a territorial dispute rather than seek a fishery agreement with Japan or cooperation with China.
- Minister denies snag in Taiwan-Japan fishery talks preparations CNA 07 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan continue to hold consultations on the schedule and agenda of a new round of bilateral fishery talks in hopes that a preliminary session can be held by the end of November.
- Taiwan will not share new radar system's data with U.S. CNA 05 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan will not share information gathered by its new early-warning surveillance radar system with the United States.
- Taiwan begins building prototype missile boat CNA 05 Nov 2012 -- A Taiwanese shipbuilding company commissioned by the Navy has begun building a prototype missile boat for Taiwan, as part of the country's efforts to counter the military threat from China.
- Taiwan to buy Perry-class frigates from U.S. CNA 05 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan will purchase two Oliver Hazard Perry-Class frigates from the United States in 2014, as part of its efforts to revive its aging fleet.
- Loyalty tests mandatory for Taiwan military officials abroad CNA 05 Nov 2012 -- Loyalty tests have become compulsory for Taiwan's military officials posted overseas and members of the armed forces who receive training abroad.
- Taiwan reiterates sovereignty over Diaoyutais CNA 02 Nov 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands.
- Taiwan MND loses lawsuit seeking compensation in Lafayette case CNA 01 Nov 2012 -- The Taipei District Court ruled against the Ministry of National Defense in a civil lawsuit filed to seek compensation from individuals sentenced for taking bribes during the MND's purchase of Lafayette frigates from France.
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