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January 2005 Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • CHINA / TAIWAN FLIGHTS VOA 29 Jan 2005 -- Nonstop flights between China and Taiwan took off Saturday for the first time in more than half a century as part of a temporary plan to ease tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN TALKS VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- China says it is willing to reopen negotiations with rival Taiwan if the island's government halts what Beijing officials see as moves toward independence. As VOA's Luis Ramirez reports from the Chinese capital, Beijing's overtures came hours before the start of the first nonstop flights between the mainland and Taiwan.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN TRADE VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- China says trade between the mainland and Taiwan reached a record high last year - 70 billion dollars. The figure highlights growing economic links between the two rivals, and it was announced just a few days before the first direct flights across the Taiwan Strait since 1949. However, remarks by a mainland official suggest the two sides remain as politically distant as ever.
  • TAIWAN/POLITICS VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has chosen Frank Hsieh, a leading member of his pro-independence party, as the government's new premier. Mr. Hsieh is promising to aid the president in mapping out more pragmatic policies toward China.
  • TAIWAN/POLITICS VOA 24 Jan 2005 -- The Taiwan cabinet has resigned en masse to pave the way for a new post-election cabinet. Analysts do not expect a new government line-up to have any major effect on Taipei's policy towards the mainland.
  • Taiwan President Predicts Arms Deal Approval VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Taiwan's president says he thinks the island's parliament will soon approve a massive arms deal with the United States.
  • CHINA / TAIWAN FLIGHTS VOA 15 Jan 2005 -- China and Taiwan have agreed to allow direct commercial flights for a limited time between their territories for the first time in 55 years. The move is expected to ease tensions in one of Asia's most contentious political disputes.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN FLIGHTS VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Chinese state media reported Monday that Beijing will consider allowing non-stop flights between Mainland China and Taiwan. The proposal could end a 55-year ban on direct travel between the political rivals.

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