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1999 Taiwan Special Weapons News



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    December

  • `CHINCHIANG-CLASS' COASTAL PATROL FLEET COMMISSIONED [CNA Taiwan] 30 December 1999 -- The nine patrol vessels commissioned on Thursday will be joined in May 2000 by two further ships currently being built by the state-run China Shipbuilding Corp. (CSC).
  • US PROMISES NOT TO EXCLUDE ROC FROM TMD PROJECT: ENVOY [CNA Taiwan] 29 December 1999 -- ROC Representative to the United States Stephen Chen said on Wednesday that the Clinton administration has promised not to exclude the Republic of China from the US-proposed theater missile defense (TMD) system.
  • BEIJING'S NEW MISSILE BASE IN ZHANGZHOU POSES NO THREAT TO TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 28 December 1999 -- MND spokesman Gen. Kung Fan-ding said mainland China will mainly deploy its indigenous Hungqi (Redflag) No. 2 surface-to-air missiles and Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missiles at the new base.
  • ANOTHER CHINCHIANG-CLASS PATROL BOAT LAUNCHED (CNA-Taiwan) 22 December 1999 -- With the latest addition, the Navy will have a total of 11 Chinchiang-class vessels.
  • TAIWAN'S AIR FORCE TO ESTABLISH 'ELECTRONIC WAR' UNIT (CNA-Taiwan) 22 December 1999 -- The United States is scheduled to deliver air-launched harpoon missiles to Taiwan next month, and the missiles, to be installed on Taiwan's F-16 fighters, will largely enhance the fighters' long-distance strike capability.
  • TAIWAN STRAITS GREATEST THREAT TO ASIAN STABILITY: US THINK TANK (CNA-Taiwan) 22 December 1999 -- The serious deterioration of relations across the Taiwan Straits marks perhaps the gravest threat to security in the region, according to the Heritage Foundation.
  • DASSAULT EXPERTS IN TAIWAN TO HELP PROBE MIRAGE 2000-5 ACCIDENTS (CNA-Taiwan) 21 December 1999 -- The specialists will particularly examine information regarding the missing jet's sudden descent from a height of 15,300 feet to 3,300 feet, which could provide some clues about the accident.
  • MACAU/TAIWAN REACT Voice of America 20 December 1999 -- Taiwan has rejected predictions by Chinese president Jiang Zemin, during Macau's hand-over celebrations Monday, that the island will soon become the next territory to be reunified with the mainland.
  • DEFENSE MINISTER OUTLINES AIR FORCE PROBLEMS (CNA-Taiwan) 20 December 1999 -- Since March 1998, four of Taiwan's US-made F-16 jet fighters and two French-made Mirage 2000-5 jet fighters have crashed during training flights, causing widespread concern over the air force's flight safety control measures.
  • MORE THAN 40 PERCENT IN TAIWAN FAVOR LONG-RANGE MISSILE DEVELOPMENT (CNA-Taiwan) 19 December 1999 -- The latest public opinion poll showed that more than 40 percent of Taiwan's people approve of Vice President Lien Chan's remark that the nation should develop long-range missiles in the face of increased military threats from mainland China.
  • ROC DRIVE TO DEVELOP MISSILE SHIELD PROMPTED BY BEIJING THREATS (CNA-Taiwan) 17 December 1999 -- Defense Minister Tang Fei said on Friday the Republic of China's drive to develop a missile shield is prompted by mainland China's mounting military threats, particularly its guided ballistic missile deployment.
  • ANOTHER F-16 SQUADRON COMMISSIONED (CNA-Taiwan) 16 December 1999 -- Taiwan on Thursday inaugurated another F-16 squadron at an air base in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. The next squadron of the US-made fighters is scheduled to be commissioned early next year, also in Hualien.
  • US CHINA HANDS MEET ON 'ONE CHINA' AND STRATEGIC AMBIGUITY (CNA-Taiwan) 15 December 1999 -- David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Program at the George Washington University, said on Tuesday that the United States should drop its "strategic ambiguity" stance on its reaction in the event of a military conflict in the Taiwan Strait.
  • YEARENDER: TAIWAN Voice of America 14 December 1999 -- Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui is sticking by his position that any dealings between Taipei and Mainland China should be on a state-to-state basis.
  • US PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL ADVOCATES SEA-BORNE MISSILE DEFENSE FOR TAIWAN (CNA-Taiwan) 14 December 1999 -- US senator John McCain advocated on Tuesday the development of a sea-borne missile system which can be moved into troubled areas or international waters if necessary.
  • AIR FORCE FORMS TASK FORCE TO HANDLE MIRAGE MISHAP (CNA-Taiwan) 14 December 1999 -- The single-seater Mirage, one of the 60 high-tech warplanes that Taiwan has purchased from France, went missing during an interception exercise. This was the second mishap involving a Mirage fighter in as many months.
  • US WON'T SUPPORT TAIWAN IN DEVELOPING GROUND-TO-GROUND MISSILES Central News Agency [Taiwan] 10 December 1999 -- John Holum, senior adviser for arms control and international security, said that the US government would not encourage and would not support Taiwan in developing long-range ground-to-ground missiles.
  • CHINA - TAIWAN Voice of America 10 December 1999 -- Taiwan's President Lee Teng-hui has said he will not back down from his description of special state-to-state relations between the island and the Chinese mainland.
  • MAC OPEN TO STRATEGIES TO BEEF UP DEFENSE CAPABILITY: LIN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 09 December 1999 -- Vice President Lien Chan said Taiwan needs long-range surface-to-surface missiles that can discourage an attack on Taiwan. "That includes developing the potential force of long-range surface-to-surface missiles," said Lien, the ruling Kuomintang's candidate for the 2000 presidential election.
  • CLINTON-CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- President Clinton has made a new appeal to China and Taiwan to avoid violent actions and resolve their differences through dialogue.
  • `AVOID WAR BUT BE NOT AFRAID OF WAR' -- ROC DEFENSE POLICY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 08 December 1999 -- Republic of China Vice President Lien Chan on Wednesday summed up the country's defense policy as "Avoid war but be not afraid of war."
  • US TENTATIVELY AGREES TO SELL AIM-120 MISSILES TO ROC Central News Agency [Taiwan] 07 December 1999 -- The United States has tentatively agreed to sell AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles to the Republic of China, the Air Force General Headquarters (AFGH) announced on Tuesday.
  • REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER VOICES CHINA POLICY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 06 December 1999 -- US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a Republican presidential contender, stressed "Strategic ambiguity will not serve US interests or values in this current crisis. We must be very clear with Beijing. The United States will do what it must to help defend freedom and stability in Asia."
  • 60% IN POLL DISAGREE WITH SOONG'S MAINLAND POLICY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 05 December 1999 -- Merely 21 percent of the people surveyed supported Soong's view that Beijing has shown goodwill toward Taiwan by proposing the idea of "peaceful reunification through a `one China, two systems' formula," and it is only that Taiwan has not noticed the goodwill.
  • LIEN ANNOUNCES `JOURNEY OF PEACE TO MAINLAND CHINA' IF ELECTED Central News Agency [Taiwan] 03 December 1999 -- Vice President and Kuomintang presidential candidate Lien Chan said on Friday that if elected president in March, he will embark on a "journey of peace to mainland China" to meet Beijing's leaders.
  • Military reports China missiles based in southeastern Fujian province [CNA Taiwan] 01 December 1999 -- China's southeastern Fujian province, rather than the southwestern Sichuan and central Shaanxi provinces, is the launch site of the mainland's newest short range ballistic missiles. M-11 missiles are mostly based at Fujian's Yungan and Nanping. Yungan and Nanping were the two bases from which China fired M-9 missiles into sea off Taiwan in 1996.
  • Why Taiwan's Navy Needs Aegis Destroyers Now By Carl Ford Taiwan Research Institute December 1999 -- Delaying sale of the Aegis system now poses special dangers. It takes years to build and outfit these sophisticated vessels. It takes more time for crews to become proficient in their use.

    November

  • ROC F16 FIGHTERS CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT MISSIONS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 30 November 1999 -- The ROC Air Force has lost four of the US-built advanced fighter jets since they were commissioned last year. Here is a chronology of the accidents which have occurred:
  • CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS AFFECTED BY BEIJING'S MISSILE DEPLOYMENT: MAC Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) People in Taiwan are feeling an increasing hostility from Beijing and cross-strait relations have been negatively affected as a result of recent reports that mainland China is deploying missiles against Taiwan, said a government official on Thursday.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1999 -- The United States continues to monitor the situation in China closely. We have made clear to the Chinese Government our concerns regarding Chinese missile developments and their influence on the situation in the Taiwan Strait. We have a strong interest in maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. That is why we have approved defensive arms sales to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1999 -- We do sell a number of items to Pakistan - I'm sorry - to Taiwan for its self-defense in accordance with our obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act and consistent with the 1982 US-PRC joint communique. We do consult periodically on this matter, including with Taiwan military representatives. We have agreed, however, with the Taiwan authorities with which we speak not to discuss the specific details of this process.
  • US WILL HELP TAIWAN DEFEND ITSELF: US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Nov. 20 (CNA) Texas Governor George W. Bush, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, reiterated on Friday that the United States will help Taiwan defend itself against any use of force by mainland China.
  • TAIWAN POLITICS Voice of America 18 November 1999 -- Independent presidential candidate James Soong has officially registered his intention to become Taiwan's next president.
  • FIFTH DOMESTICALLY-MADE PATROL VESSEL HANDED OVER TO ROC NAVY [CNA Taiwan] 17 November 1999 -- The 500-ton patrol vessel Kao Chiang, the fifth Chin Chiang-class vessel constructed by China Shipbuilding Corp. for the Republic of China Navy, was handed over to the navy on Wednesday.
  • TAIWAN/W-T-O Voice of America 16 November 1999 -- Taiwan officials say they hope the deal will speed up Taiwan's own bid to join the world body.
  • PREMIER BACKS INDIGENOUS ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM [CNA Taiwan] 16 November 1999 -- Republic of China Premier Vincent Siew stressed on Tuesday that national defense should depend on the nation itself, and that the government will back the development of the indigenous anti-ballistic missile system (ATBM).
  • ROC TO DEPLOY LOW-ALTITUDE ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM BY 2005 [CNA Taiwan] 16 November 1999 -- The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CIST), the Republic of China military's research arm, said the low-altitude missile defense system is expected to be ready for mass production and deployment by 2005 or 2006.
  • DESTROYER KAIYANG DECOMMISSIONED [CNA Taiwan] 16 November 1999 -- Kaiyang, originally a US navy destroyer, was commissioned in 1945.
  • TMD NOT BEEN RULED OUT FOR TAIWAN BUT NO DECISION MADE [CNA Taiwan] 13 November 1999 -- Adm. Dennis Blair, commander-in-chief of the US Pacific Command, said said the United States should help Taiwan build missile defenses against missiles deployed across the Taiwan Strait and dismissed Beijing's objections to US missile-defense assistance to Taiwan.
  • POLL FINDS SOONG VIEWED AS MOST LIKELY TO WIN PRESIDENCY [CNA Taiwan] November 1999 -- If the election were held now, the Soong-Chang ticket would garner 38.1 percent of public support, ahead of the 21.3 support for Chan and Lu. Lien and Siew would only receive 14 percent backing, the survey discovered.
  • POLL FINDS SOONG'S SUPPORT RATE CONTINUES UPWARD SWING [CNA Taiwan] 12 November 1999 -- 35.5 percent of the respondents would vote for Soong if the presidential election were to take place the following day. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian received a support rate of 19.9 percent, while ruling Kuomintang candidate Vice President Lien Chan's support rate trailed at 12.1 percent.
  • NO MAINLAND CHINA MILITARY MOVEMENTS AIMED AT TAIWAN: MILITARY CHIEF [CNA Taiwan] 10 November 1999 -- The Republic of China military has found no evidence to suggest that mainland Chinese troops will make any move against Taiwan in the runup to the island's next presidential race.
  • Lawmakers demand government effort in lobbying Congress Taipei Times Nov. 9, 1999 -- Chung Chien, a professor at the Armed Forces University, said the government would rather be like a "duck swimming" - which from above the waterline appears to be making no effort while paddling furiously out of sight - and push real issues like arms sales behind the scenes.
  • 1ST LOCALLY BUILT OH-58D FUSELAGE ROLLS OFF ASSEMBLY LINE [CNA - Taiwan] 09 November 1999 -- Taiwan's Aviation Industry Development Corp. (AIDC) has successfully produced the fuselage for OH-58D observation helicopter. The fuselage will be shipped to Bell Helicopter for installing other systems. The US government agreed to sell 26 OH-58D helicopters to the Republic of China several years ago.Last year, the US government agreed to sell another batch of 13 OH-58D helicopters to Taiwan.
  • US PUBLIC WILLING TO SEE 20,000 GIS KILLED DEFENDING TAIWAN: SURVEY [CNA - Taiwan] 08 November 1999 -- There is a consensus among opinion leaders, the general public and military elite that Washington should defend Taiwan with its troops even if it costs 17,000 to 20,000 US lives.
  • HEAD OF US THINK TANK PLUGS BILL TO STRENGTHEN TAIWAN'S SECURITY [CNA - Taiwan] 04 November 1999 -- Edwin J. Feulner Jr., president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TSEA). According to Feulner, Taiwan is inferior to mainland China in military strength, and the gap is widening.
  • BEIJING UNLIKELY TO PROVOKE TAIWAN IN ELECTION: DEFENSE MINISTER [CNA - Taiwan] 04 November 1999 -- Beijing is not expected to make any military movements targeting Taiwan in the runup to the island's next presidential race in March, National Defense Minister Tang Fei said. Tang said that he does not think that Beijing will go on the offensive in the election period unless Taipei introduces some additional "provocative elements."
  • POLL FINDS SOONG REMAINS MOST FAVORED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE [CNA - Taiwan] 04 November 1999 -- A recent survey of adult residents in the northern Taiwan port city of Keelung found that 40.4 percent of the respondents would vote for Soong.
  • Chen's mainland policy rethink unwise Taipei Times Nov. 2, 1999 -- The U.S. government wants a peaceful and stable relationship across the Taiwan Strait, but Hsu Hsin-liang's "boldly march west" policy has obviously gone beyond U.S. expectations in cross-strait relations.
  • US HOUSE DECIDES TO POSTPONE TSEA UNTIL NEXT YEAR Nov. 2 (CNA) The US House of Representatives on Tuesday decided to postpone until next year the full House discussion of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TSEA), which was amended and passed by the House International Relations Committee on Oct. 26.
  • US ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN UNAFFECTED: DEFENSE MINISTER Taipei, Nov. 1 (CNA) Despite President Lee Teng-hui's redefinition of Taiwan-mainland China ties as a "special state-to-state relationship" in July, US arms sales to Taiwan will not be affected, National Defense Minister Tang Fei said on Monday.
  • Newspaper says Security Act has symbolic value By Taiwan Headlines staff : Nov. 1, 1999 -- According the Asian Wall Street Journal, the pending legislation "sends an important message to Beijing" that whatever the Clinton administration might have hinted or said to the contrary, "the U.S. will abide by its longstanding commitments to Taiwan."

    October

  • TAIWAN ACTS TO IMPROVE DEFENSE CAPABILITY Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) As the United States has agreed to provide two E-2T air defense warning systems the second-phase plans of the "strong-net" air defense system can be completed by fiscal 2002. New procurement plans include an eighth Cheng-kung class missile frigate, 11 Chin-chiang class patrol vessels, 11 American-made S-70C anti-submarine helicopters, and one LSD38 landing vessel.
  • THREAT FROM BEIJING HAS BECOME MORE SERIOUS: MND REPORT Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) The threat from mainland China has increased since President Lee Teng-hui redefined cross-strait relations in July, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report.
  • Former U.S. official backs 'state' declaration China Times Oct. 29, 1999 -- Former U.S. Ambassador to the PRC Winston Lord yesterday said that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait constitute distinct political entities, and that President Lee Teng-hui's declaration that relations between Taiwan and the mainland should be conducted on a "state-to-state" basis was an objective description of reality.
  • The TRA: Durable agreement or fraying framework? Free China Journal Publish Date:10/29/1999 -- U.S. policy toward the Chinese mainland and decisions about the closeness of U.S.-Taiwan relations have been governed more by unilateral presidential decisions--joint communiques, public proclamations of intent, and private assurances to Beijing and Taipei--than by the language contained in the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • The Act: Ins and outs Taipei Times Thursday, October 28, 1999 No. 38 -- The following measures were included in the draft bill, but deleted before passage by the committee: The following measures were included in the draft bill, but deleted before passage by the committee: TMD equipment, Satellite early warning data.
  • Understanding Taiwan: Bridging the perception gap Lee Teng-hui [President, Republic of China] October 28, 1999 -- The Chinese nation was divided in 1949 when the P.R.C. was proclaimed. Taiwan cannot cause national disintegration, because the Chinese nation is already divided. There is no need to warn against Taiwan's declaring independence because the R.O.C. has always been sovereign and independent since its founding in 1912. It does not need to declare independence from the P.R.C., which is a much younger state that exercises effective jurisdiction over a totally different part of the Chinese nation.
  • ROC officials say Security Act signifies US support Taipei Times , October 28, 1999 -- Some critics within the U.S. government have cast doubt on whether the bill would pass, but Chang was optimistic that it could move forward and not be stopped in Congress or vetoed by the president.
  • Defense minister says PRC will not attack ROC before next year's presidential election China Times Oct. 28, 1999 -- Recently there have been fewer military maneuvers in the mainland, leading the MND to surmise that the PRC will not engage in military action against Taiwan before the presidential election on March 18 next year.
  • "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" SAID GOOD FOR TIBET, XINJIANG Central News Agency [Taiwan] 28 October 1999 - If Beijing claims that what it learned in Hong Kong ensures the success of the "one country, two systems" formula in Taiwan, then perhaps what Communist China learns in Macao in adopting the same formula can also be applied in Tibet and Xinjiang, argued an American Asia specialist Wednesday.
  • US GOVERNMENT STILL OPPOSES MODIFIED TAIWAN SECURITY ENFORCEMENT ACT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 28 October 1999 - Some sources predicted that the bill may not be enacted because it remains uncertain whether or not the Senate will approve it, and even if approved by the Senate, the bill may be vetoed by President Bill Clinton.
  • `STATE-TO-STATE' THEORY DESCRIBES `OBJECTIVE REALITY': LORD Central News Agency [Taiwan] 28 October 1999 - Former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Winston Lord said on Wednesday that Republic of China President Lee Teng-hui's "state-to-state" relationship theory is a description of "objective reality."
  • US government still opposes modified Taiwan Security Enhancement Act Central News Agency Oct. 27, 1999 -- The U.S. government on Wednesday continued to voice its opposition to the Taiwan Security Enforcement Act that was approved by the House International Relations Committee on Tuesday with minor modifications.
  • Beijing could gain military advantage within next decade The China Post Oct. 27, 1999 -- National Defense Minister Tang Fei said that while the mainland has a large arsenal of missiles deployed against the country, it does not presently have the capability to launch an invasion.
  • BAUER CHALLENGES BUSH TO STATE HIS CHINA POLICY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 27 October 1999 - US Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer Tuesday criticized former President George Bush for his erroneous assessment of Communist China's military threat and challenged Texas Governor George W. Bush to tell the American people whether he shares his father's dangerous view of Beijing's military intentions.
  • GILMAN SUPPORTS TAIWAN SECURITY ENHANCEMENT ACT (October 27) The Congress, in the absence of decisive Administration action, must act to make clear to Beijing that the our nation will continue its long-standing commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan issue.
  • ENHANCED TAIWAN SECURITY MORE CONDUCIVE TO PEACE SAYS EXPERT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 27 October 1999 - Taiwan clearly is at a military disadvantage, noted Yates. Beijing has a 65 to 4 advantage in submarines and a 4,500 to 400 numerical advantage in aircraft, an edge increased by its acquisition of advanced foreign technology primarily from Russia, but also from Israel and the United States.
  • US House committee passes Taiwan Security Enhancement Act China Times Oct. 27, 1999 -- The United States House International Relations Committee yesterday passed an amended version of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, by a vote of 32 to 6. The act will now be sent to the full House of Representatives for deliberation.
  • US HOUSE PASSES TAIWAN SECURITY ENHANCEMENT ACT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 27 October 1999 - The act was modified considerably from the original bill drafted by Rep. Tom DeLay. The amended bill keeps provisions calling for Taiwanese military officers to have an increased number of slots at US military training facilities, and for the establishment of direct communications between the armed forces of both countries.
  • CONGRESS-TAIWAN Voice of America 26 October 1999 -- The U-S House of Representatives is preparing for a final vote (in the next few weeks) on enhancing America's defense relationship with Taiwan.
  • TANG: PLA MAY ACHIEVE COMBAT SUPERIORITY IN THREE TO FIVE YEARS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 26 October 1999 - Mainland China may achieve combat superiority over Taiwan in three to five years if it continues to beef up its war fighting preparedness while the Republic of China does not do the same, Defense Minister Tang Fei said on Tuesday.
  • JINSA ASKS US GOV'T TO CLARIFY COMMITMENT TO TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 26 October 1999 - The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) passed a resolution Monday asking the Clinton administration to clarify the US commitment to defend Taiwan in the event of Communist Chinese aggression and provide Taiwan with defense weaponry, including anti-missile systems to offset the Chinese missile threat.
  • US MUST REMAIN RESOLUTE IN DEFENSE OF TAIWAN: EXPERT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 26 October 1999 - "Should China continue to expand its deployment of missiles arrayed against Taiwan, the United States should provide theater missile defense to Taipei," said Peter Brookes, principal adviser on East Asia with the US House International Relations Committee.
  • TAIWAN-CANDIDATE Voice of America 20 October 1999 -- The race for Taiwan's presidency is heating up as the candidates head into the last few months of campaigning before the election in March.
  • TAIWAN - CHINA Voice of America 19 October 1999 -- The government of Taiwan is rejecting statements made by Chinese President Jiang Zemin, that China's reunification with the island will be achieved in the first half of the next century, under the same terms as the handover of Hong Kong.
  • Taiwan Security Enhancement Act a win-win deal, say lawmakers Taipei Times Oct. 19, 1999 -- The U.S. Senate is likely to use the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act to keep mainland China's military threat in check, lawmakers who recently returned from a lobbying trip to Washington said yesterday. While the bill enjoys wide support in the House of Representatives, the chances that it will pass in the Senate are slim, legislators said.
  • BEIJING NOT TO USE FORCE AGAINST TAIWAN RASHLY: STRATEGIST Central News Agency [Taiwan] 19 October 1999 -- Beijing will not use force against Taiwan rashly because military action would have a huge negative impact on its plan to realize its strategic goal. Beijing would not care about any negative impact or risks if faced with a Taiwan declaring independence.
  • MAC CHAIRMAN COMMENTS ON JIANG'S TIMETABLE FOR CHINA REUNIFICATION Central News Agency [Taiwan] 19 October 1999 -- "We believe it's more pragmatic now for Beijing to formulate a 50 years timetable for the mainland's democratization," Su said. If Beijing can resolve its democratic problems, it will face no difficulties on China's reunification, Su added.
  • TAIWAN OFFICIALS REJECT JIANG'S REMARKS ON REUNIFICATION Central News Agency [Taiwan] 18 October 1999 -- Taiwan officials on Monday rejected mainland Chinese President Jiang Zemin's remarks that China's unification will be achieved in the first half of the next century.
  • LAWMAKERS URGE US ENDORSEMENT OF TAIWAN SECURITY ENHANCEMENT BILL Central News Agency [Taiwan] 18 October 1999 -- Legislative Yuan Vice President Rau Yin-chi said Monday that the Taiwan Security Enhancement Bill is expected to be passed by the US House of Representatives.
  • 2 MORE KNOX-CLASS FRIGATES JOIN ROC NAVY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 18 October 1999 -- The two frigates arrived at the Tsoying naval base on Oct. 4. They were the ROC Navy's seventh and eighth Knox-class frigates.
  • CHINA COULD ATTACK U.S. IN TAIWAN CONFLICT: PENTAGON REPORT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 15 October 1999 -- Communist China is building up its missile forces in preparation for possible attacks against Taiwan and the United States if its military comes to Taiwan's aid, according to a Pentagon report.
  • NAVY DESTROYER DECOMMISSIONED Central News Agency [Taiwan] 16 October 1999 -- The navy destroyer Kunyang, originally a Fletcher-class destroyer from the United States, was formally decommissioned after serving in the ROC navy for 31 years.
  • MIRAGE FIGHTER CRASHES, PILOTS RESCUED Central News Agency [Taiwan] 15 October 1999 -- A Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet of the Republic of China Air Force crashed while on a routine training mission off the coast of Hsinchu in northern Taiwan.
  • TAIWAN / CHINA Voice of America 14 October 1999 -- Taiwan's top cross-strait negotiator has offered to visit Beijing to help break the bilateral deadlock and is encouraging his Chinese counterpart to visit the island
  • SEF CHAIRMAN WANTS TO VISIT MAINLAND CHINA AGAIN IF NECESSARY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 October 1999 -- Koo Chen-fu, chairman of the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), said Thursday that he wants to visit mainland China again if necessary.
  • ROC SINCERELY HOPES WANG DAOHAN WILL VISIT TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 October 1999 -- Taiwan still sincerely hopes that top Beijing negotiator Wang Daohan will visit Taiwan, Chang Jung-kung, director of the Kuomintang's Department of Mainland Research, said on Thursday.
  • CHINESE THREATS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE SAYS EXPERT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 October 1999 -- The more Beijing tries to intimidate Taiwan, the more "likely the result would be to kill any desire among Taiwan's people for reunification," said American China specialist Stephen Yates, a senior policy analyst at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation.
  • US SHOULDN'T TRY INFLUENCING TAIWAN QUESTION SAYS EXPERT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 October 1999 -- The United States should not be trying to influence the outcome of the Taiwan question and should not express an opinion as to whether reunification is the right answer for mainland China and Taiwan, said renowned American China specialist Ross Terrill, a research associate at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University.
  • TAIWAN-CHINA-U-S Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- The U-S Congress is considering legislation that would upgrade the American military relationship with Taiwan. Such an action would be sure to anger the Chinese government.
  • TAIWAN - CHINA Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- As Taiwan's presidential elections approach in March of next year, the government in Beijing is watching closely and - some observers believe - preparing for a possible limited military action against the island.
  • TAIWAN-CHINA Voice of America 11 October 1999 -- Taiwan's President Lee Teng-hui used the opportunity of the island's National Day celebration Sunday to re-iterate his statement describing ties with China as special state-to-state relations.
  • US OFFICIAL WARNS AGAINST CONFLICT IN TAIWAN STRAIT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 07 October 1999 -- In the worst case, conflict across the Taiwan Strait "could affect the future of the entire region for years to come, with everyone a major loser," a senior US official said Wednesday.
  • US HOUSE RESOLUTIONS INTRODUCED TO HELP TAIWAN IN EMERGENCY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 07 October 1999 -- US Rep. Chris Cox has introduced a joint House resolution stating that US agencies should not ask Beijing for approval before providing Taiwan with emergency assistance after natural disasters.
  • Increasing arms sales to Taiwan: US Congress passes bill Liberty Times Oct. 7, 1999 -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 5 passed the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2000 by 214 votes to 211. One clause of the act strengthens the influence of Congress on Taiwan's weapons purchases, and should help Taiwan buy the weapons it needs.
  • US SHOULD CLEARLY STATE TAIWAN DEFENSE POLICY: EXPERT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 06 October 1999 -- Beijing should be made to understand that the United States will intervene militarily on Taiwan's behalf if Communist China attacks, according to Ross H. Munro, director of Asian studies at the Center for Security Studies in Washington
  • TAIWAN - CHINA Voice of America 06 October 1999 -- Taiwan's top official on relations with China says his government had valid reasons for refusing Beijing's offer of aid, after a major earthquake struck the island more than two-weeks ago.
  • TAIWAN - PRESIDENT Voice of America 05 October 1999 -- Taiwan's president is defending his government from criticism it did not do enough in response to the earthquake that rattled the island late last month and killed more than two-thousand people.
  • TWO MORE RENTED MISSILE FRIGATES ARRIVE IN TAIWAN FROM US Central News Agency [Taiwan] 04 October 1999 -- The ROC Naval Command said that the "Ning Yang" and the "Yi Yang" are the seventh and eighth frigates the ROC Navy has rented from the US Navy.
  • US plans advanced weapons sales to Taiwan China Times Oct. 4, 1999 -- The United States will soon make new sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, including six new Patriot 3 anti-missile batteries. Clinton administration's plan to sell Taiwan weapons previously disallowed, in order to block the possible passage of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act. Washington and Taipei are also discussing the possible sale of submarine-hunting P-3 Orion aircraft and advanced Aegis battle-management radar.
  • BEIJING SCHEME UNDERMINES TAIWAN'S LAUNCH OF SATELLITE Central News Agency [Taiwan] 02 October 1999 -- Taiwan's launch of the ROCSAT-2, the island's second satellite for scientific research, was again delayed due to interference from Beijing, sources from the National Science Council (NSC) said on Saturday.
  • Subjects: Humanitarian concerns from Hong Kong and Mainland China MAC Vice Chairman, Spokesman Sheu Ke-sheng at the October 1 , 1999 Press Conference -- The ROC government¡¦s Mainland policy is very clear. Basically, we are pursuing a peaceful and democratic unification under the Guidelines for National Unification. But the way to realize it must go through peaceful means.

    September

  • FORBES SAYS HE WOULD DEFEND TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 27 September 1999 -- US Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes expressed Sunday his concern about Communist China's aggression toward Taiwan and stressed that he would "defend Taiwan" if Communist China invaded the island during his presidency.
  • TAIPEI MIGHT CONSIDER CROSS-STRAIGHT CONFEDERATION: US EXPERT Central News Agency [Taiwan] 23 September 1999 -- If Beijing were to propose a cross-strait Commonwealth or Confederation, with the issue of sovereignty set aside for the time being, Taipei might be willing to consider the idea in order to break through the current political impasse between the two sides, according to renowned American China expert Robert A. Scalapino, professor of government emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN QUAKE Voice of America 21 September 1999 -- China has promised aid to victims of a massive earthquake that killed more than 14-hundred people in Taiwan early Tuesday. Chinese president Jiang Zemin has extended his condolences and says Beijing is ready to provide whatever assistance is necessary.
  • ROC DEFENSE MINISTER DOWNPLAYS MILITARY THREAT FROM MAINLAND CHINA China News Agency [Taiwan] 14 September 1999 -- Ministry of National Defense (MND) has forged a policy to establish a lower-level missile defense system, covering defense against ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as conventional air attacks. MND plans to seek a special budget from the Executive Yuan totaling NT$300 billion (about US$9.5 billion) over about 10 years.
  • AWACS AIRCRAFT ORDERED BY TAIWAN TO BE DELIVERED FROM 2003 China News Agency [Taiwan] 14 September 1999 -- The two planes will bring to six the ROC fleet of AWACS aircraft.
  • SOONG CONTINUES TO LEAD THE PRESIDENTIAL FIELD: POLL China News Agency [Taiwan] 13 September 1999 -- Former Taiwan Provincial Governor and independent presidential candidate James Soong continued to head the other candidates with a 33.7 percent support rate, followed by Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian with 24.2 percent, while ruling Kuomintang presidential candidate Lien Chan trailed with 12.8 percent.
  • ROC TO COOPERATE WITH US, ASEAN IN SETTING UP MISSILE DEFENSE: LIU China News Agency [Taiwan] 12 September 1999 -- President Lee was satisfied with combat readiness training and weaponry installation and maintenance at the Wanli Patriot missile base in northern Taiwan during his inspection tour on Saturday.
  • ROC REJECTS TO RETRACT STATE-TO-STATE STATEMENT China News Agency [Taiwan] 12 September 1999 -- Dr. P.K. Chiang, who represents President Lee at the APEC leaders' summit in Auckland, said "The statement is not a slogan. A slogan can be retracted. But it's a statement of reality. Therefore, it can not be changed."
  • CLINTON INCREASES LIKELIHOOD OF WAR IN ASIA: US EXPERTS China News Agency [Taiwan] 11 September 1999 -- Two US experts on Asia say that the Clinton administration is now pursuing a misguided "one China" policy that could be making war in Asia more, rather than less likely.
  • US PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL BLASTS CLINTON'S CHINA POLICY China News Agency [Taiwan] 11 September 1999 -- US Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer charged Friday that mainland China's decision to hold invasion exercises on the coast facing Taiwan "confirms the bankruptcy of the Clinton policy of appeasement toward Communist China."
  • SOONG TO BE PUNISHED IF PRESIDENTIAL BID CONTINUES: KMT China News Agency [Taiwan] 11 September 1999 -- Former Taiwan Governor James Soong is consistently the front runner among the various presidential candidates according to every published poll.
  • RADAR-EVADING MISSILE SPEED BOATS TO BE COMMISSIONED IN 2003 China News Agency [Taiwan] 08 September 1999 -- The navy is planning to build 30 missile speed boats that can evade detection by radar to beef up its defensive capability in the Taiwan Strait. The navy said the planned 150-ton speed boats are 40 meters long, seven meters wide, and have a maximum speed of 30 knots.
  • ROC NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF 2 LOCALLY-BUILT PATROL SHIPS China News Agency [Taiwan] 07 September 1999 -- The Tan Chiang and Hsin Chiang are the first two of the 11 Chin Chiang-class offshore patrol ships the Navy has ordered from the CSBC under its "Kuanghua No. 3" naval ships modernization plan.
  • MOFA NOT TO COMMENT ON 'ONE COUNTRY, THREE SYSTEMS' PROPOSAL China News Agency [Taiwan] 06 September 1999 -- US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Susan Shirk reportedly has suggested that Beijing replace its "one country, two systems" scheme with a "one country, three systems" formula to attract Taiwan to negotiate for China's eventual unification.
  • AMERICANS DIVIDED OVER WHETHER US SHOULD HELP DEFEND TAIWAN China News 02 September 1999 -- Americans are divided evenly over whether the United States should help defend Taiwan if it is attacked by Communist China, but if doing so would start a wider war between the United States and Communist China, six in ten Americans do not want Washington involved.
  • To TMD or Not to TMD Gary Klintworth Free China Review [Taiwan] September 1999 -- The Cox Report, whatever its shortcomings, will bolster US plans to develop a National Missile Defense to protect the US mainland, and a TMD to protect America's perimeter. That is where Taiwan comes into the picture.

    August

  • DEFENSE MINISTER TANG TALKS ABOUT THREAT FROM CHINA China News 31 August 1999 -- Republic of China Defense Minister Tang Fei said "My concern is that if China chooses to take military action (against Taiwan), they will do it step-by-step." Tang indicated that there are many options for Beijing, such as seizure of the offshore islands followed by missile attacks to paralyze transportation systems.
  • TAIWAN / POL Voice of America 31 August 1999 -- Taiwan's call for special state-to-state relations with China was added last Sunday to the charter of the island's ruling party.
  • WASHINGTON `COMMITTED' TO TAIWAN'S DEFENSE: WEINBERGER China News [Taiwan] 28 August 1999 -- Weinberger said that because the Clinton administration has wavered too often regarding Taiwan, "there is now a genuine fear that China might believe it could, with impunity, attack Taiwan, while we sit by helplessly, seeking a UN vote of disapproval, but doing little else."
  • ROC considers plan to develop its own missile defense system Free China Journal [Taiwan] 27 August 1999 -- A draft administrative report approved by the Executive Yuan Aug. 19 disclosed that the ROC government has decided to establish a comprehensive missile defense system in a step-by-step fashion based on the financial capabilities.
  • ROC NAVY ORDERS 11 US-MADE ANTI-SUBMARINE HELICOPTERS China News [Taiwan] 27 August 1999 -- The Republic of China Navy has ordered 11 S-70C anti-submarine helicopters from the United States which be will used to form a second anti-submarine aviation group when they are delivered next year.
  • Army opens five missile bases to media China News [Taiwan] 27 August 1999 -- The five Sky Bow missile bases in Taiwan are located in Penghu, Taichung, Sanchih, a northern coastal township, and Kaohsiung, which has two.
  • ROC ARMY UNVEILS SKY BOW MISSILE BASE IN KAOHSIUNG China News [Taiwan] 26 August 1999 -- The Republic of China Army unveiled its Sky Bow surface-to-air missile base in Linyuan in the southern Taiwan county of Kaohsiung County. The five Sky Bow missile bases in Taiwan are located in Sanchih, a northern Taiwan coastal township; Penghu, an offshore island county off southwestern Taiwan coast; Taichung in central Taiwan; and two bases in the southern Taiwan county of Kaohsiung. Sky Bow missiles have been deployed in Tungyin, a small islet of the Matsu island group. All of the six Sky Bow missile bases are equipped with highly advanced phased array radar systems.
  • US MUST MAKE POLICY TOWARD TAIWAN CLEAR: EDITORIAL China News [Taiwan] 26 August 1999 -- Washington needs to make it clear to Beijing that any violence against Taiwan would be met not with diplomatic indulgence, but military force, said the Arkansas Democrat-Gazettein its editorial.
  • ON THE LINE: THE TAIWAN DILEMMA Voice of America 26 August 1999 -- China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and has threatened to invade if Taiwan declares independence. Observers wonder whether the latest war of words is a prelude to some kind of military confrontation.
  • Tang Fei says China likely to attack outlying islands China News [Taiwan] 26 August 1999 -- National Defense Minister Tang Fei admitted in the latest issue of "Defense News" weekly that China is likely to invade Taiwan's outlying islands and launch missile attacks on Taiwan in the long run, to force Taiwan to return to the negotiating table.
  • Defense officials see fewer mainland sorties China News [Taiwan] 25 August 1999 -- Defense officials said yesterday China's warplane sorties in the Taiwan Strait have lessened over the past week but declined to comment on whether the trend represents a cooling of cross-strait tensions.
  • LAST SQUADRON OF MIRAGE FIGHTERS TO BE DEPLOYED BY NEXT MARCH China News [Taiwan] 25 August 1999 -- All 60 Mirage 2000-5 jet fighters ordered by the Republic of China Air Force have arrived in Taiwan, with the last squadron to be deployed by next March. The schedule has now been extended as the training for the last squadron will be extended from six to eight months.
  • US FOREIGN-POLICY EXPERTS CALL FOR DEFENSE OF TAIWAN China News [Taiwan] 25 August 1999 -- The United States should declare unambiguously that it will come to Taiwan's defense in the event of an attack or a blockade against the island, said a joint statement released by the Heritage Foundation and the Project for the New American Century.
  • TWO COMPUTER FAILURES DISRUPT SERVICE ISLAND WIDE China News [Taiwan] 23 August 1999 -- The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) entire computer system shut down on Monday. Also on Monday, 1,000 automatic teller machines (ATM) in post offices islandwide were paralyzed, preventing customers from withdrawing money.
  • Missile defense research to focus on low-altitude China News [Taiwan] 23 August 1999 -- China's ongoing plans to strengthen its air combat capabilities have highlighted the need for Taiwan to concentrate on construction of a low-altitude missile defense system, Defense Minister Tang Fei said yesterday.
  • TMD REFERS TO TAIWAN MISSILE DEFENSE: MINISTER China News [Taiwan] 23 August 1999 -- Defense Minister Tang Fei said on Monday the Republic of China will establish its own missile defense shield which can be referred to as the "Taiwan Missile Defense (TMD)."
  • PRO-INDEPENDENT PARTY CANDIDATE ADVOCATES NUCLEAR WEAPONS China News [Taiwan] 22 August 1999 -- Cheng Pang-cheng, chairman of the Independence Party, called for the development of nuclear weapons as a counter measure against Beijing.
  • TAIWAN WATCHES CLOSELY TMD-RELATED DEVELOPMENTS: SPOKESMAN China News [Taiwan] 21 August 1999 -- Continuing to provide Taiwan with defensive arms is the consistent policy of the United States, and Taiwan will keep a close watch on developments relating to its proposed inclusion in a US missile defense shield, government spokesman Chen Chien-jen said on Saturday.
  • TAIWAN-CHINA BUSINESS CONFIDENCE Voice of America 20 August 1999 -- The military muscle flexing by China and Taiwan in recent weeks has caused the Taiwan stock exchange to take a roller coaster-style ride of losses and gains. International business confidence has been affected by the heightened tensions across the Taiwan Straits.
  • MAC Vice Chairman Sheu Ke-sheng August 20, 1999 Press Conference -- Our Mainland policy remains intact. We will keep on promoting cross-strait exchanges and dialogue with the aim to resume previous institutional negotiations. Engaging in dialogue, communication and negotiations is the only way to peacefully resolve issues.
  • US WILL NOT RULE OUT INCLUSION OF TAIWAN IN TMD SHIELD China News [Taiwan] 20 August 1999 -- State Department Spokesman James Rubin Washington on Thursday deliberately kept the door open for Taiwan to join the US anti-missile program.
  • DIFFERENT SURVEYS HAVE DIFFERENT CANDIDATES LEADING THE 2000 RACE China News [Taiwan] 20 August 1999 -- Two newly-released polls, place Vice President Lien Chan and former Taiwan Provincial Governor James Soong in the lead respectively in the race for the 2000 presidency.
  • NEARLY 40 US WARSHIPS HELP DEFEND TAIWAN DURING 1996 CRISIS China News [Taiwan] 20 August 1999 -- The United States sent nearly 40 warships to help defend Taiwan in early 1996 when Beijing lobbed missiles into the Taiwan Strait in the run-up to the island's first-ever direct presidential election.
  • Lee backs Taiwan's participation in TMD China News [Taiwan] 19 August 1999 -- President Lee Teng-hui said yesterday that Taiwan should join a proposed US-Japan theatre missile shield as China lambasted the plan as an attempt to dominate the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Ministry says China's efforts to block Taiwan increasing China News [Taiwan] 19 August 1999 -- China has intensified its efforts to block Taiwan's entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO) following the recent controversy over the "special state-to-state relationship" theory.
  • BEIJING SAID PRESSURING US TO SUSPEND ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN China News [Taiwan] 19 August 1999 -- Mainland Chinese President Jiang Zemin has written a letter to US President Bill Clinton demanding him to cease arms sales to Taiwan.
  • MAINLAND CHINA OVERRATED: BRITISH SCHOLAR China News [Taiwan] 19 August 1999 -- Gerald Segal, director of studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, wrote in the latest issue of "Foreign Affairs," that even Taiwanese defense planners do not believe Communist China can successfully launch an invasion.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 19 August 1999 -- CHINA/ TAIWAN -- US has urged Taiwan and China to dialogue, resolve problems in peaceful manner. US will continue to assist Taiwan with its legitimate defense needs. US has made no decision to provide theater missile defense, other than to protect US forces. Use of force to resolve any dispute would be of grave concern to the US.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 18 August 1999 -- CHINA (TAIWAN) US would expect to hear from Taiwan authorities of any interest in participation in theater missile defense.
  • Transcript: White House Daily Briefing, Wednesday, August 18, 1999 -- The United States, the spokesman said, has made no decisions on the deployment of theater missile systems other than for the protection of U.S. forces in the region. But,he added, "we do not preclude the possible sale of theater missile defense systems to Taiwan in the future. Our interest is in preserving peace and stability in the region."
  • TAIWAN-T-M-D Voice of America 18 August 1999 -- Taiwan's President is backing the island's participation in a missile defense umbrella system.
  • Chinese opposition may halt German contract to build spacecraft China News [Taiwan] 18 August 1999 -- Pressure from China may force Taiwan to terminate a collaborative contract with Germany's Dornier Satellite System for a joint venture to develop a spacecraft and one of two payloads to launch ROCSAT-2.
  • US MAGAZINE SAYS MAINLAND MAY ACT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER China News [Taiwan] 18 August 1999 -- China experts inside and outside the Clinton administration who said mainland China would not escalate the conflict across the Taiwan Strait are now saying they will not do so until after Beijing celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party's victory on Oct. 1.
  • ROC AIR FORCE POSTPONES INTRODUCTION OF F-16'S INTO ACTIVE SERVICE China News [Taiwan] 18 August 1999 -- Prompted by another crash of a US-made F-16 jet fighter on Wednesday, the Republic of China Air Force announced the postponement of plans to introduce the fighters into active service.
  • MAC SAYS NO NEED TO RETRACT 'SPECIAL STATE-TO-STATE' THEORY China News [Taiwan] 18 August 1999 -- Taiwan on Wednesday again turned down a request by mainland China that it retract the "special state-to-state relations" theory in regard to cross-strait relations.
  • TMD SYSTEM MEETS TAIWAN'S NEED: PRESIDENT LEE China News [Taiwan] 18 August 1999 -- President Lee Teng-hui asked KMT party members serving in his Cabinet to conduct a study on the installation of the Theater Missile Defense (TMD) system.
  • China's military threats seen as futile China News [Taiwan] 18 August 1999 -- The military drills did not affect the security of Taiwan's national defense, Kung told a news conference on the military's M41D tank display at the Yuekang Military Base in Chichi Township in Nantou County.
  • New tanks stimulate confidence China News [Taiwan] 18 August 1999 -- The Army Readiness Ordinance Center deep in the mountains of central Taiwan is a sprawling complex of defense factories, about 200 kilometers south of Taipei. So far, 50 of Taiwan's roughly 400 M-41s have undergone the overhaul, which costs about 20 million Taiwan dollars (U.S. US$621,000) per tank.
  • REMODELED TANKS DISPLAY FIREPOWER IN CENTRAL TAIWAN China News [Taiwan] 17 August 1999 -- Fifty remodeled M41D tanks displayed their firepower and improved capabilities at a base in Nantou County's Chichi.
  • Army goes shopping for new tank fleet China News [Taiwan] 17 August 1999 -- Taiwan's military has announced the Army's "Speed Leopard" plan to procure up to 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles over the next five to 10 years. U.S.-made M113 and Taiwan-made CM21 should be retired within five to 10 years. The new generation of armored vehicles will be wheeled.
  • Taiwan circles wagons in cyber-warfare China News [Taiwan] 17 August 1999 -- A senior Ministry of National Defense official said yesterday that Taiwan is capable of defending itself from an information technology attack by China, but will not itself provoke a cyber war.
  • NO NEED TO RETRACT 'SPECIAL STATE-TO-STATE' THEORY: PREMIER China News [Taiwan] 17 August 1999 -- Premier Vincent Siew said on Tuesday he sees no need for the Republic of China government to retract the "special state-to-state relationship" theory.
  • STATE-TO-STATE TIES COULD BE A TOPIC OF CROSS-STRAIT DIALOGUE China News [Taiwan] 17 August 1999 -- The special state-to-state ties between Taiwan and mainland China could be an issue on the agenda of dialogue between Taipei and Beijing rather than a barrier to such talks, a mainland China affairs official said on Tuesday.
  • MISSILE CRISIS WILL NOT BE REPEATED: SEMINAR China News [Taiwan] 17 August 1999 -- Mainland China may conduct scattered "military harassment" action against Taiwan, but the missile crisis which occurred in 1996 across the Taiwan Strait is unlikely to take place again, according to experts who attended a Tuesday seminar.
  • Bush backs Taiwan, blasts Clinton policy: Presidential aspirants Dole, McCain also warn Beijing China News [Taiwan] 16 August 1999 -- U.S. presidential frontrunner George W. Bush said he might use force to defend Taiwan against aggression from China if he were elected to the White House.
  • ROC BADLY NEEDS US MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM: MINISTER Central News Agency [Taiwan] 16 August 1999 -- The Clinton administration has also agreed to sell six additional sets of Patriot missile defense system to Taiwan to help fortify air-defense facilities in major areas outside Taipei. However, the quantity and quality Taiwan demands are far higher than what the United States has agreed to offer.
  • Transcript: State Department Special Briefing on Taiwan Strait USIA 13 August 1999 -- The United States has not seen any extraordinary developments or signs that the People's Republic of China (PRC) is mobilizing for military action in the Taiwan Strait, State Department Press Office Director Philip Reeker said at an August 13 State Department briefing on the China-Taiwan situation.
  • TWO ROC WARSHIPS DECOMMISSIONED Central News Agency [Taiwan] 13 August 1999 -- Two Republic of China warships were decommissioned on Monday after almost 30 years of service, bringing to 10 the total number of naval vessels decommissioned by the ROC.
  • MND CONFIRMS US CARRIER GROUP EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA China News [Taiwan] 13 August 1999 -- A Ministry of National Defense (MND) official confirmed Friday recent reports of two US aircraft carrier groups exercising in the South China Sea, but stressed that the drills are part of the US Navy's annual routine event.
  • TAIWAN - PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE Voice of America 13 August 1999 -- As Taiwan sees it, China is already attacking the island with psychological weapons. This week, China and Taiwan faced off in cyberspace - as hackers from both sides of the strait defaced internet websites maintained by the rival governments.
  • U.S.-CHINA Voice of America 13 August 1999 -- The Clinton Administration says it has not received any threats from China on the possible use of force in its latest dispute with Taiwan.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN-THREATS Voice of America 13 August 1999 -- Chinese government officials have warned the Clinton Administration that Beijing may take some unspecified military action against Taiwan. Washington has replied that any military action against Taiwan would bring U-S retaliation.
  • TAIWAN MOOD Voice of America 12 August 1999 -- More than 82-percent of the respondents consider themselves to be Taiwanese and Chinese, or just Taiwanese. This compares to 53-percent seven years ago. In contrast, the percentage of people who consider themselves to be Chinese dropped from 44-percent in 1992, to only about 13-percent.
  • TAIWAN STATUS Voice of America 12 August 1999 -- One of the biggest questions in all of this is why did President Lee say what he did, if he knew it would cause such an uproar?
  • Cyber war escalates, shutting National Assembly Web site China News [Taiwan] 12 August 1999 -- The hacker war between Taiwan and China intensified yesterday with a hard strike at the National Assembly's Web site, damaging not only software but also a mainframe computer.
  • China may seize outside island, South China Morning Post says China News [Taiwan] 12 August 1999 -- The independent South China Morning Post newspaper said yesterday China's leadership had decided to use "an appropriate degree of force against Taiwan, possibly including the occupation of an outlying island."
  • GOVERNMENT AGENCY WEBSITE RE-HACKED Central News Agency [Taiwan] 12 August 1999 -- The website of the National Assembly was hacked Thursday for the second time in a week, causing the paralysis of a mainframe computer.
  • ANALYST SEES CHANGES TO MAINLAND'S 'THEORY OF NUCLEAR DETERRENCE' Central News Agency [Taiwan] 11 August 1999 -- China may have changed its "theory of nuclear deterrence" so significantly that a nuclear war between Taiwan and China can no longer be thought of as pure fiction.
  • US REAR ADMIRAL WARNS PRC NOT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 11 August 1999 -- Rear Admiral Timothy J. Keating of the US Navy's 7th Fleet said on Wednesday that the People's Republic of China should refrain from taking any military action against Taiwan.
  • ROC COMPLETES MISSILE DEPLOYMENT ON OUTLYING ISLANDS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 11 August 1999 -- Beijing leadership has decided to use "an appropriate degree of force" against Taiwan, possibly including the occupation of an outlying island, should Taipei refuse to abandon President Lee Teng-hui's "special state-to-state" theory. Naval authorities are planning to deploy locally built Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles in Penghu which will be able to reach the southeastern mainland port city of Xiamen. Tungyin, an islet belonging to the Matsu group, is the only outlying island to have deployed the highly advanced surface-to-air Sky Bow missiles.
  • HONG KONG / TAIWAN Voice of America 11 August 1999 -- A former senior Taiwan official for China affairs has been barred from coming to Hong Kong to attend an academic conference.
  • CHINA/TAIWAN ECONOMY Voice of America 11 August 1999 -- The rising tensions between Beijing and Taipei are putting billions of dollars in cross-Strait trade and investment at risk.
  • U.S. caught in the middle of Taiwan-China tensions By Matt Twomey Pacific Stars and Stripes 10 August 1999 -- With the missile-tracking units of the USNS Invincible deployed to Sasebo Naval Base and the USNS Observation Island deployed to Yokosuka, they are equipped to view more than just CNN reports.
  • TAIWAN-CHINA Voice of America 10 August 1999 -- Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui said the two Chinese planes crossed five-kilometers and 10- kilometers over the center line in the Taiwan Strait.
  • TAIWAN-US-AIRCRAFT Voice of America 10 August 1999 -- Taiwan's flag carrier, China Airlines, has decided to buy passenger jets from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie, not from the American firm, Boeing.
  • MAC officials suspect Beijing behind computer hack attacks China News [Taiwan] 10 August 1999 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has speculated that the recent intrusion by computer hackers into a number of Taiwan government Web sites might have been orchestrated by China.
  • Cross-strait tensions enter cyberspace China News [Taiwan] 10 August 1999 -- Hackers broke into the web sites of the Control Yuan, the Construction and Planning Administration, and the Pingtung County Government, inserting the statement "Taiwan is an indivisible part of Chinese territory, and will always be!"
  • US APPEASEMENT SEEN ONLY MAKING CHINA MORE AGGRESSIVE AND DANGEROUS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 10 August 1999 -- US appeasement towards mainland China has only made Beijing more aggressive and dangerous, and unless Washington draws a clear line, the challenge will only grow more dangerous, columnist Charles Krauthammer warns.
  • PRC JET FIGHTERS TWICE CROSS TAIWAN STRAIT CENTER LINE Central News Agency [Taiwan] 10 August 1999 -- Mainland Chinese jet fighters twice crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait in late July, but with no apparent hostile intent.
  • MND DENIES WITHDRAWING CHAPARRAL MISSILES FROM MATSU Central News Agency [Taiwan] 09 August 1999 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied a newspaper report that the military will withdraw chaparral missiles from the Republic of China-held frontline island of Matsu.
  • HELMS PROPOSES TO BOOST ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 05 August 1999 -- Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) said Wednesday that the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act is aimed to ensure that Taiwan will have the essential self-defense capabilities.
  • US AGREES TO SELL EARLY WARNING RADAR TO TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 05 August 1999 -- The United States has tentatively agreed to furnish Taiwan with early warning radar to upgrade its self-defense capabilities.
  • SENATE-CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 04 August 1999 -- The Clinton administration is calling for Congress not to deepen the crisis between China and Taiwan by authorizing new arms sales to the island. Officials pressed their case (Wednesday) while also urging restraint on Beijing and Taipei.
  • CLINTON URGED TO ABANDON AMBIGUOUS POLICY TOWARDS TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 04 August 1999 -- The Washington Post urged Wednesday the Clinton administration to abandon its policy of "strategic ambiguity" toward Taiwan so as to enhance the chance of deterring war across the Taiwan Straits
  • PRC MISSILE TEST-FIRING IS PURSUIT OF HEGEMONY: MND Central News Agency [Taiwan] 03 August 1999 -- Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman told the media that the test-firing of the new type of missile is primarily to deter big powers rather than Taiwan.
  • MAINLAND EXERCISES TO MENACE TAIWAN: KMT CADRE Central News Agency [Taiwan] 03 August 1999 -- Beijing will conduct a string of military exercises in the coming August-October period to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party's holding of power in mainland China.
  • US SHOULD CLARIFY ITS TAIWAN POLICY: ARTICLE Central News Agency [Taiwan] 03 August 1999 -- Uder no circumstances the United States will become involved militarily in an armed conflict across the Taiwan Straits.
  • U-S-CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 03 August 1999 -- The United States has expressed concern over the increased number of air sorties being flown over the Taiwan strait by both (mainland) China and Taiwan.
  • BRADLEY: US COMMITTED TO HELP DEFEND TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 02 August 1999 -- Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley said that "the United States should say to the Taiwanese government that if they take steps toward independence, that they cannot count on us for any help."
  • PARITY, PEACE, AND WIN-WIN: The Republic of China's Position on the "Special State-to-state Relationship" Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan Republic of China -- August 1, 1999 -- This practical and forward-looking view fully voiced the aspirations of the twenty-two million people in Taiwan. It is designated to lay a foundation of parity for the two sides, to elevate the level of dialogue, to build a mechanism for democratic and peaceful cross-strait interactions, and to usher in a new era of cross-strait relations.

    July

  • US ANNOUNCES SALE OF FIGHTER, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT PARTS TO TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 31 July 1999 -- The US Department of Defense announced on Friday the possible sale to Taiwan of spare parts for its F-5E/F, IDF, F-16A/B fighters and C-130H transport aircraft, for an estimated US$150 million.
  • Foreign Military Sale, Spare Parts for TECRO July 30, 1999 -- The Department of Defense announced today the possible sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of a Cooperative Logistics Supply Support Arrangement (CLSSA) for spare parts in support of F-5E/F, C-130H, Indigenous Defense Fighter, F-16A/B with Block 15 Mid-Life Upgrade.
  • Foreign Military Sale, TECRO July 30, 1999 - The Department of Defense announced today the possible sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of two E-2T Hawkeye 2000E aircraft, two AN/APS-145 radars.
  • SEF Chairman Koo's statement July 30, 1999 -- President Lee's remark of the "special relationship" at this juncture is primarily meant to lay a foundation of parity between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait to elevate the level of dialogue and to help build a mechanism for democracy and peace.
  • MAC Vice Chairman Sheu Ke-sheng July 30, 1999 Press Conference -- MAC Chairman Su Chi explained the cross-strait relations, which was contained in a press release yesterday. We can see clearly from his statement that our description of cross-strait relations as ¡§special state-to-state relationship¡¨ was to clarify the reality. There is no fundamental change in the government¡¦s policy.
  • FULL TEXT OF STATEMENT OF SEF CHAIRMAN KOO CHEN-FU Central News Agency [Taiwan] 30 July 1999 -- President Lee's remarks clearly spelled out the reality that the ROC is a sovereign state and reflected the opinion of 22 million people in the democratic Taiwan.
  • BEIJING'S MILITARY EXERCISES ARE NOT THREATENING: MND Central News Agency [Taiwan] 29 July 1999 -- The military drill conducted by Beijing's navy along the coast across from Taiwan on Thursday is a regular military exercise rather than saber-rattling against Taiwan.
  • US SENATORS ISSUE JOINT LETTER URGING CLINTON NOT TO PRESSURE ROC Central News Agency [Taiwan] 28 July 1999 -- Twenty-six US senators sent a joint letter to the White House on Tuesday, warning the Clinton administration not to pressure Taiwan to renounce its recent statement on relations with mainland China.
  • CROSS-TAIWAN STRAIT SITUATION UNDER CONTROL: MND Central News Agency [Taiwan] 28 July 1999 -- There have been "no signs of escalating tension" across the Taiwan Strait, but the ROC military nevertheless remains on high alert, a ranking military official said on Wednesday.
  • TAIWAN NOT YET READY TO JOIN TMD: SCHOLARS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 27 July 1999 -- Taiwan is not yet ready to join the US-proposed Theater Missile Defense (TMD) system, nor is mainland China likely to launch a nuclear attack against the Republic of China.
  • OFFICIAL COMMENTS ON TAIWAN'S MISSILE COUNTERATTACK CAPABILITY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 27 July 1999 -- Kuomintang Business Management Committee Chairman Liu Tai-ying told a symposium in Bangkok that if mainland China invaded Taiwan by force, Taiwan could launch missiles to the coastal areas of Hong Kong and Shanghai.
  • PRESIDENT LEE AGREES TO US FRAMEWORK FOR CROSS-STRAIT ISSUE: BERGER China News [Taiwan] 27 July 1999 -- US National Security Adviser Sandy Berger said on Monday that ROC President Lee Teng-hui accepts the US framework with respect to issues between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
  • ASEAN-SECURITY Voice of America 26 July 1999 -- Taiwan's unilateral declaration of equality with China was the main topic of discussion between the 10 ASEAN foreign ministers and their counterparts from elsewhere in Asia, North America, and Europe.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 26 July 1999 -- China's official news agency says there is no longer any basis for China and Taiwan to hold a scheduled round of talks in October because of the island's demand that Beijing treat it as a co-equal state.
  • US HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES BILL REQUIRING US AID TO TAIWAN Central News Agency [Taiwan] 22 July 1999 -- An amendment of a bill requiring the United States to ask Beijing to renounce the use of force against Taiwan, and obliging the US government to aid Taiwan should the island face military action cruised through a committee of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.
  • F-16 FIGHTERS RESUME SERVICE Central News Agency [Taiwan] 21 July 1999 -- The Republic of China's Air Force General Headquarters (AFGH) announced on Wednesday that all of its F-16 jet fighters have completed comprehensive security checks and resumed training flights.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE PRESIDENT July 21, 1999 -- I didn't think this was the best time to do something which might excite either one side or the other and imply that a military solution is an acceptable alternative. If you really think about what's at stake here, it would be unthinkable. And I don't want to depart from any of the three pillars. I think we need to stay with one China; I think we need to stay with the dialogue; and I think that no one should contemplate force here.
  • Clinton Cautions Taiwan, China to Resolve Differences Peacefully By Wendy S. Ross USIA 21 July 1999 -- The United States "would view with the gravest concern" if China and Taiwan were to abandon efforts to resolve their differences peacefully, President Clinton says.
  • U-S - TAIWAN Voice of America 21 July 1999 -- THE U-S STATE DEPARTMENT IS DENYING REPORTS THAT MILITARY SALES TO TAIWAN MAY BE HELD UP TO SHOW DISPLEASURE AT TAIPEI'S ABANDONMENT OF A "ONE-CHINA" POLICY.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 21 July 1999 -- There has been no change in our policy. We remain firmly committed to fulfilling the security and arms transfer provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act. Under that act, we provide Taiwan with defense articles and services to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense.
  • CHINA / TAIWAN Voice of America 20 July 1999 -- CHINA IS DESCRIBING TAIWANESE PRESIDENT LEE TENG-HUI'S LATEST REJECTION OF THE IDEA THAT HIS ISLAND IS PART OF CHINA AS A DANGEROUS STEP.
  • ROC PRESIDENT SPELLS OUT CROSS-TAIWAN STRAIT RELATIONS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 20 July 1999 -- Republic of China President Lee Teng-hui on Tuesday reiterated his definition of cross-Taiwan Strait relations as a "special state-to-state relationship," but did not deny the "one China" concept.
  • MILITARY DRILL MERELY PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE: KMT OFFICIAL Central News Agency [Taiwan] 18 July 1999 -- Mainland China's main objective in releasing the announcement of proposed military drills is to intimidate Taiwan, said the ruling Kuomintang's Department of Mainland Affairs Research Director Chang Rong-kung.
  • TAIWAN / CHINA OPINIONS Voice of America 17 July 1999 -- MOST PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS IN TAIWAN INDICATE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT LEE TENG-HUI'S MOVE TO SCRAP THE "ONE CHINA" POLICY.
  • TAIWAN REACT Voice of America 17 July 1999 -- TAIWANESE DEFENSE OFFICIALS ARE DENYING REPORTS THAT THE ISLAND'S MILITARY FORCES HAVE BEEN PUT ON ALERT IN RESPONSE TO CHINA'S THREATS OF POSSIBLE FORCE.
  • TAIWAN/INTERVENTION Voice of America 17 July 1999 -- TENSIONS BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN ARE UNNERVING INVESTORS AND WEIGHING ON STOCK MARKETS IN THE REGION. TAIWAN IS SPENDING BILLIONS TO SUPPORT ITS MARKET.
  • Coastal alert as Taiwan tensions rise South China Morning Post Saturday, July 17, 1999 -- Beijing has ordered a military alert along its southeastern coast as tensions increase with Taiwan. Stocks plunged more than six per cent in Taipei yesterday as news of the alert spread.
  • HELMS SUPPORTS LEE'S REMARKS ON CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 16 July 1999 -- US Sen. Jesse Helms, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement Thursday expressing full support for statements made by democratically elected Republic of China President Lee Teng-hui regarding Taiwan's status.
  • U-S AND ASIA Voice of America 16 July 1999 -- A RECENT SURVEY SHOWS 68 PERCENT OF AMERICANS OPPOSE SENDING U-S TROOPS TO TAIWAN IF IT IS ATTACKED BY CHINA.
  • TAIWAN / AUSTRALIA Voice of America 16 July 1999 -- AUSTRALIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER ALEXANDER DOWNER SAYS CHINA AND TAIWAN SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE CROSS-STRAIT TENSIONS.
  • President Lee Teng-hui: "Our Mainland Policy Remains Unchanged" July 16, 1999 -- Republic of China (R.O.C.) President Lee Teng-hui stated in a July 9, 1999, interview with a German radio station that relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should be characterized as a "special state-to-state relationship." In a meeting on July 12 with Mr. Darryl N. Johnson, the outgoing director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan, President Lee clarified this by stating that, "In fact, our mainland policy remains unchanged."
  • President Lee: Beijing Can Halt Arms Race Information Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York 16 July 1999 -- President Lee Teng-hui declared that a decision by the PRC leadership to stand down the missiles deployed in the southeastern part of the Chinese mainland and aimed at Taiwan would have a crucial bearing on whether the ROC eventually decides to participate in a US-developed theater missile defense system for East Asia.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 15 July 1999 -- CHINA (TAIWAN) Up to Taiwan authorities themselves to clarify nuances of their position. Up to Taiwan authorities to make necessary interactions so that cross-strait dialogue can go forward. US has not regarded this episode as helpful or beneficial US has abiding interest that cross-strait issues be resolved peacefully. US has one-China policy, does not support independence for Taiwan. US sees no connection with Chinese nuclear capability with tensions over Taiwan. US has seen no change in posture which would represent escalation of current situation. We obviously - and let me repeat if it's not obvious - strongly oppose any attempt to resolve this problem in any other way other than through peaceful means and through dialogue. As far as what response we would make, that is as far as we have ever gone and I don't intend to change that.
  • TAIWAN / CHINA Voice of America 15 July 1999 -- TAIWAN IS MOVING TO ASSURE THE UNITED STATES THAT CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS BY ITS PRESIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND DO NOT CONSTITUTE A CHANGE IN ITS POLICY TOWARDS CHINA.
  • Statement at the 2637th Council Meeting of the Executive Yuan - Vincent C. Siew, Premier, Republic of China July 15, 1999 -- President Lee's declaration was not only pragmatic, but also forward-looking and constructive. We call on the Chinese mainland authorities to rationally face the political and legal realities of cross-strait relations.
  • EXECUTIVE YUAN ADOPTS `TWO STATES IN ONE NATION' FORMULA Central News Agency [Taiwan] 15 July 1999 -- Six days after President Lee Teng-hui redefined Taipei-Beijing ties as "a special state-to-state," relationship, the Executive Yuan on Thursday adopted the term "two states in one nation" to represent the new idea.
  • `TWO STATES IN ONE NATION' WILL BE KEYSTONE OF TAIWAN'S STANCE Central News Agency [Taiwan] 15 July 1999 -- The head of the Government Information Office (GIO) said on Thursday that the government of the Republic of China will use the formula "two states in one nation" as the basis for explaining Taipei's relationship with mainland China.
  • ROC MAY SEND ENVOY TO US TO CLARIFY ITS MAINLAND POLICY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 15 July 1999 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Thursday that it may send a special envoy to the United States to explain President Lee Teng-hui's latest statement on cross-straitrelations.
  • CHINA - TAIWAN Voice of America 14 July 1999 -- SOME OBSERVERS SAY THE RECENT STATEMENT BY TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT REJECTING THE ONE CHINA-POLICY MAY HAVE BEEN PROMPTED BY LOCAL POLITICS.
  • SENATE-TAIWAN Voice of America 14 July 1999 -- SENATOR BOB TORRICELLI, A DEMOCRAT FROM NEW JERSEY, HAS SUPPORTED TAIWAN IN CONGRESS, BUT SAYS TAIPEI'S RECENT COMMENTS ARE DISAPPOINTING AND UN-NECESSARY.
  • TAIWAN'S LEADER JOLTS WORLD OVER "ONE CHINA" POLICY Voice of America 14 July 1999 -- THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN, LEE TENG-HUI, HAS CAUSED A FOREIGN POLICY FUROR. THE UNEXPECTED COMMENT, RESOUNDING IN BOTH WASHINGTON AND BEIJING, IS DRAWING A GOOD DEAL OF ATTENTION IN THE U-S PRESS.
  • TAIWAN/CHINA Voice of America 14 July 1999 -- TAIWAN'S RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT IS ABANDONING ITS "ONE CHINA" POLICY HAS GENERATED CONCERN IN THE UNITED STATES. FORMER U-S SECRETARY OF STATE HENRY KISSINGER BELIEVES TAIWAN HAS GONE TOO FAR AND IS JEOPARDIZING ITS SECURITY.
  • U-S/CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 14 July 1999 -- AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT MET TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT LEE TENG HUI TO GET CLARIFICATION OF WHAT MR. LEE MEANT BY REMARKS IN AN INTERVIEW WIDELY INTERPRETED AS MOVING TAIWAN AWAY FROM ITS ONE CHINA POLICY.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 14 July 1999 -- TAIWAN Taipei Talks / Cross-strait Relations / One China Policy / Taiwan's Mainland Policy Unchanged / Meaningful Dialogue / Translation Issue / President Lee / Meeting With Taiwanese Officials / Contact With Chinese / Talbott
  • Report Delivered by MAC Chairman Chi Su at the Weekly KMT's Central Standing Committee Meeting July 14, 1999 -- We believe that this announcement is of special significance, particularly since it was disseminated through the German media. The relationship between the two Germanys after the Second World War was a "special state-to-state relationship." However, this designation did not affect the peaceful reunification of the two Germanys.
  • DEFENSE OFFICIALS DENY MAINLAND CHINA AIR INTRUSION Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 July 1999 -- Officials from the Defense Ministry and air force headquarters on Wednesday denied news reports that mainland Chinese fighter jets have been crossing the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, intruding into Taiwan's airspace.
  • LOCAL EXPERTS COMMENT ON PRESIDENT'S `STATE-TO-STATE' POLICY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 July 1999 -- Local experts in international and mainland China affairs attending a Wednesday seminar sponsored by the Vanguard Foundation were mixed when commenting on President Lee Teng-hui's recent "state-to-state" stance in regard to Taiwan's ties with mainland China.
  • NO SIGNS OF BEIJING MILITARY MOVEMENT: MND Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 July 1999 -- There have been no signs to date of large-scale military movements by Chinese communist troops, a ranking official from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Wednesday.
  • PRESIDENT LEE REAFFIRMS NO CHANGE IN ROC'S MAINLAND POLICY Central News Agency [Taiwan] 14 July 1999 -- President Lee Teng-hui reaffirmed on Wednesday that the Republic of China's policy toward mainland China remains unchanged.
  • BEIJING TO TAKE ACTIONS TO INTIMIDATE TAIWAN: HK PAPER Central News Agency [Taiwan] 13 July 1999 -- Communist China may take a series of actions against Taiwan, including show of force, after ROC President Lee Teng-hui defined relations across the Taiwan Strait as "special inter-state" ties, a Hong Kong newspaper said on Tuesday.
  • CHINA / TAIWAN Voice of America 13 July 1999 -- CHINA IS WARNING TAIWAN THAT IT SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE BEIJING'S RESOLVE TO SAFEGUARD ITS SOVEREIGNTY -- WHICH MEANS BEIJING CONTINUES TO OPPOSE INDEPENDENCE FOR THE ISLAND THAT IT CONSIDERS A RENEGADE CHINESE PROVINCE.
  • TAIWAN / REGIONAL IMPACT Voice of America 13 July 1999 -- TAIWAN 'S SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT IS SCRAPPING ITS "ONE CHINA" POLICY IS SENDING SHOCK WAVES ACROSS THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION.
  • TAIWAN / CHINA Voice of America 13 July 1999 -- THE LONG-SIMMERING DISPUTE BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN IS HEATING UP AGAIN -- AFTER TAIWAN ANNOUNCED IT WILL ABANDON ITS SO-CALLED ONE CHINA POLICY AND TREAT ALL DEALINGS WITH BEIJING AS STATE RELATIONS.
  • U-S/CHINA/TAIWAN Voice of America 13 July 1999 -- U-S DIPLOMATS WILL MEET TAIWAN OFFICIALS ON WEDNESDAY IN TAIPEI TO GET FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF RECENT STATEMENTS THAT CAUSED NEW CROSS-STRAIT TENSIONS.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 13 July 1999 -- We believe that face-to-face meetings are the best way to clarify misunderstandings between Taipei and Beijing. We do not think it is beneficial for either side to take steps which make holding this type of discussion or meeting more difficult to achieve. We're concerned that it is not helpful for the Taiwanese authorities to make statements that would make it harder to have dialogue. We're also concerned that it's not helpful for Beijing to make statements that indicate that a dialogue is harder to achieve. So in both cases, we're concerned. We do not support Taiwan independence; we do not support Taiwanese membership in organizations where statehood is required; we do not support a two-China policy or a one-China/one-Taiwan policy.
  • TAIPEI REBUTS BEIJING'S "one-China Principle" MAC Chairman Su Chi at the July 12, 1999 Press Conference For the past eight or nine years since then, the Mainland has responded with no goodwill, but hostility. In our view, the current cross-strait tensions stem primarily from Mainland China's failure to face the reality between the two sides.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 12 July 1999 -- I can only speak for the United States, and our policy is unchanged. Our one-China policy is long-standing and certainly well-known. The US position on Taiwan's future is also clear. We believe that it is a matter for the Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits to resolve. The United States has an abiding interest and concern that any such resolution be a peaceful one; and to that end, the United States urges both sides to engage in meaningful substantive dialogue.
  • Press Release Mainland Affairs Council - July 12, 1999 -- President Lee Teng-hui stated that relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should be characterized as a "special state-to-state relationship." This declaration will provide an important basis for the normalization of cross-strait relations in the next century.
  • NO MAJOR CHANGE IN MAINLAND CHINA POLICY: MAC HEAD Central News Agency [Taiwan] 12 July 1999 -- Taiwan on Monday said that it will not make any major changes in its policy toward mainland China, despite the substantially redefined cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
  • U-S/CHINA POLICY Voice of America 12 July 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES HAS REITERATED ITS "ONE-CHINA" POLICY FOLLOWING DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN TAIWAN AND CHINA OVER RECENT REMARKS BY TAIWANESE PRESIDENT LEE TUNG HUI.
  • FM LAUDS PRESIDENT'S VIEW ON MAINLAND CHINA-TAIWAN TIES Central News Agency [Taiwan] 10 July 1999 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Jason Hu on Saturday lauded President Lee Teng-hui's latest statement on Taiwan-mainland China ties as an example of pragmatic diplomacy.
  • ROC PRESIDENT'S VIEWS WILL NOT INFLUENCE CROSS-STRAIT TALKS: SEF Central News Agency [Taiwan] 10 July 1999 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with mainland China said on Saturday that President Lee Teng-hui's latest views on cross-strait relations "will by no means influence" proposed high-level talks across the Taiwan Strait later this year.
  • Explanation on President Lee's remarks in an interview with the Voice of Germany July 9, 1999 -- During an interview with the Voice of Germany ( Duetsche Welle ) this afternoon ( July 9 ), President Lee described cross-strait ties as a "state-to-state" relationship or a "special state-to-state relationship"¨
  • Lee Teng-hui, President Republic of China -- Responses to Questions Submitted by Deutsche Welle July 9, 1999 -- The Republic of China has been a sovereign state since it was founded in 1912. Moreover, in 1991, amendments to the Constitution designated cross-strait relations as a special state-to-state relationship. Consequently, there is no need to declare independence. The resolution of cross-strait issues hinges on the issue of different systems. We cannot look at issues related to the two sides simply from the perspective of unification or independence. The Chinese mainland's promise of a "one country, two systems" formula for Hong Kong and Macau is irrelevant to Taiwan ... the ROC is a sovereign, independent state.
  • CHINA / JAPAN Voice of America 07 July 1999 -- TOKYO AND WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN VAGUE ABOUT WHETHER THEIR SECURITY GUIDELINES COULD ENCOMPASS TAIWAN IN AN EMERGENCY. BUT CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN ZHANG QIYUE SAYS THE ISSUE IS AT THE TOP OF BEIJING'S AGENDA.

    June

  • TEXT: HOUSE PANEL FORWARDS BILL ON TAIWAN PARTICIPATION IN WHO USIA 23 June 1999 -- The House International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific marked up a bill supporting the participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization (WHO) and sent it to the full committee for approval.
  • AEGIS Destroyers Would Spell Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait By Carl Ford Taiwan Research Institute June 1999 - The versatile AEGIS would go a long way towards offsetting the PRC's crushing numerical advantages.

    May

    April

  • TAIWAN RELATIONS CONFERENCE Voice of America 12 April 1999 -- IN APRIL 1979 THE "TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT" WENT INTO EFFECT. A CONFERENCE IN LOS ANGELES EXAMINED THE STATE OF THE RELATIONSHIP TWENTY YEARS LATER.

    March

  • ROTH REMARKS ON TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT USIA 24 March 1999 -- The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) has been very effective since its enactment 20 years ago, according to Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Stanley Roth.
  • TAIPEI ON TMD - Will the Republic of China Participate in the Theater Missile Defense? Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. March, 1999 -- TMD may offer some prospects of deterrence and defense. However, we fully realize the evolving nature of the TMD technology, the sizable financial commitment involved, and the strategic uncertainties of cross-strait relations.

    February

  • The Security Situation in the Taiwan Strait Report to Congress Pursuant to the FY99 Appropriations Bill -- 26 February 1999 -- This report addresses Taiwan's ability to defend against current and emerging PLA capabilities. The report addresses PLA and Taiwan force planning, strategy, and doctrine; projected PLA and Taiwan capabilities in 2005 in the areas of conventional theater ballistic and cruise missiles; information operations (C2W); air and air/missile defense assets; naval systems; special operations and conventional ground forces; and intangibles such as leadership, training, personnel, and morale. The report concludes with a dynamic balance assessment of China's ability in 2005 to implement a naval blockade; establish air superiority; conduct an amphibious invasion of Taiwan; and gain information dominance.
  • DoD News Briefing Thursday, February 18, 1999 -- The theater missile defense report on Taiwan has gone to the Hill. That is a classified report. We are hoping that there will be an unclassified version at some stage.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , FEBRUARY 11, 1999 -- Among the items Taiwan has purchased has been technology for Taiwan's modified air defense system, which is a low altitude anti-missile and anti-aircraft system. High altitude theater missile defense technologies are in the development stage currently. Therefore, decisions on whether Taiwan needs additional anti-missile capabilities will be made in the future, taking into account the development of such technologies, Taiwan's defense needs, and how, in our view, it is best to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
  • Department of State Daily Press Briefing , FEBRUARY 10, 1999 -- With respect to suggestions that this justifies providing Taiwan with theater missile defense, let me say the Taiwan authorities are currently addressing their own capabilities and needs. Their interests at this point appears to be primarily informational.

    January



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