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May 2005 Taiwan Special Weapons News
- MND STUDYING NINE-TO-FIVE WORK HOURS FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL CNA 28 May 2005 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) is studying the feasibility of allowing military personnel to work nine to five and to go home after work every day like any civilian office worker.
- CHINA REVEALS CONTENTS OF MOU ON TAIWAN-WHO TECHNICAL EXCHANGES CNA 28 May 2005 -- If Taiwan experiences an outbreak of disease that might seriously affect public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) will, if necessary, send experts to the island to give assistance, according to the contents of a memorandum of understanding signed May 14 between China and the organization.
- U.S. CONGRESS SUPPORTS SENIOR LEVEL U.S.-TAIWAN MILITARY EXCHANGES CNA 27 May 2005 -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2006, which contains a section requesting that the Defense Department relax restrictions on senior-level military personnel visits to Taiwan.
- 33 U.S. CONGRESSMEN URGE KMT NOT TO BLOCK PASSAGE OF ARMS BILL CNA 27 May 2005 -- Thirty-three U.S. congressmen have sent a joint letter to opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan urging him to help expedite the passage of a long-stalled bill regarding Taiwan's arms procurements from the United States.
- U.S. LOOKS FORWARD TO EARLY SETTLEMENT OF TAIWAN ARMS DEAL: ENVOY CNA 27 May 2005 -- The Bush administration looks forward to concluding a critical arms deal with Taiwan as soon as possible lest Taiwan's defense capabilities be affected, the Republic of China's representative to the United States said Thursday.
- KMT CHIEF DENIES RECEIVING U.S. CONGRESSMEN'S LETTER ON ARMS SALES CNA 27 May 2005 -- Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan denied Friday that he ever received a letter signed by 33 U.S. Congressmen calling on his party to support a NT$480 billion (US$15.33 billion) arms purchase from the U.S.
- TAIWAN AGAIN ASKS CHINA TO RECALL INTRUDING RESEARCH SHIP CNA 26 May 2005 -- Taiwan demanded again Thursday the Chinese authorities recall a research vessel that has twice trespassed into Taiwan's exclusive economic zone since May 22.
- DPP TO PUSH FOR EXTRA LEGISLATIVE MEETING FOR ARMS DEAL CNA 26 May 2005 -- The legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will call for an extra meeting of the Legislative Procedure Committee to deal with a long-stalled arms procurement bill, a party whip said Thursday.
- U.S. ASKS TAIWAN TO DECIDE ON AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT BY LATE MAY: MND CNA 24 May 2005 -- The U. S. government has asked Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) to make a final decision before the end of May on its plan to procure 12 P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft from the United States, MND spokesman Liu Chih-chien said Tuesday.
- AIT CHIEF TO TALK WITH KEY LAWMAKERS OVER ARMS PURCHASE BILL CNA 24 May 2005 -- The United States' top envoy has invited three conveners of the Legislative Yuan's Defense Committee to a meeting to discuss Taiwan's arms purchase bill, which again failed to be put on the legislative agenda Tuesday.
- TAIWAN HAS 9 DAYS TO BUY P-3C ANTI-SUB PLANES OR LOSE THE CHANCE: MND CNA 23 May 2005 -- The window of opportunity is closing for the ROC to purchase a squadron of 12 P-3C anti-submarine aircraft from the United States, according to Minister of National Defense Lee Jye, who said that the U.S. has given Taiwan till the end of the month to buy the planes; otherwise, they will be sold elsewhere.
- TAIWAN URGES CHINA TO RECALL INTRUDING SHIP CNA 23 May 2005 -- Taiwan on Monday asked China to recall one of its research ships from Taiwan waters so as not to violate the law.
- LEGISLATURE URGED TO PUT ARMS PROCUREMENT PACKAGE ON AGENDA CNA 23 May 2005 -- Minister of National Defense Lee Jye made a desperate appeal Monday, urging the Legislative Yuan's procedure committee to include a bill regarding a massive arms procurement package on its agenda.
- MND TO SUFFER SHORTFALL OF NT$309.3 BILLION: REPORT CNA 23 May 2005 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will suffer a shortfall of NT$309.3 billion over the next five years as the annual budget allocations for military purposes are expected to drop, according to an MND report released Monday.
- U.S. CONGRESS ASKS FOR HIGH-LEVEL MILITARY EXCHANGES WITH TAIWAN CNA 21 May 2005 -- The Committee on Armed Services of the U.S. House of Representatives has requested the Pentagon to upgrade its military personnel exchanges with Taiwan.
- NO NAME CHANGE, NO POLITICS FOR MILITARY: VICE DEFENSE MINISTER CNA 18 May 2005 -- The military should not get involved in politics and the names of military units will not be changed, Vice Minister of National Defense Tsai Ming-shian stressed Wednesday.
- CHEN PROPOSES RESUMPTION OF CROSS-STRAIT TALKS BASED ON 1992 MEETING CNA 16 May 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian has proposed that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait resume dialogue based on the results of a 1992 meeting in Hong Kong between delegates across the Taiwan Strait to break the cross-strait impasse, the nation's top China policy making body said Monday.
- Election Victory a Boost for Taiwan President's Pro-Independence Party VOA 15 May 2005 -- Commentators in Taiwanese newspapers say the results of Saturday's special constitutional election in Taiwan have given a boost to President Chen Shui-bian and his pro-independence party.
- Taiwan Says World Kowtows To China At Its Peril VOA 15 May 2005 -- Senior Taiwanese Officials say global efforts to halt the spread of deadly, newly emerging diseases are being put at risk because of Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Organization. The Officials made these observations on the eve of the annual World Health Assembly which will review Taiwan's request for observer status.
- CHINA'S PRESIDENT SHOULD HEAR TAIWAN PEOPLE AFTER ELECTION: VP CNA 15 May 2005 -- Vice President Annette Lu said Saturday that Chinese President Hu Jintao should hear the voice of the Taiwan people now that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has won the most seats in the just concluded ad hoc National Assembly election.
- DPP, KMT SEIZE 80% OF VOTES IN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION CNA 14 May 2005 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) together seized 80 percent of the votes in Saturday's National Assembly election, according to tallies released by the Central Election Commission.
- ELECTION RESULT VALID DESPITE LOW TURNOUT: PREMIER CNA 14 May 2005 -- Although the turnout rate for the mission-oriented National Assembly election was only around 25 percent, the result will still be valid, Premier Frank Hsieh said Saturday.
- 'ONE CHINA' PRINCIPLE UNACCEPTABLE TO TAIWAN: MAC CNA 13 May 2005 -- Taiwan will not accept any preconditions set unilaterally by China for the resumption of cross-Taiwan Strait dialogue that contain a reference to the "one China" principle, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman You Ying-lung said Friday.
- Taiwan Rejects Chinese Offer to Talk VOA 13 May 2005 -- Taipei has rejected Beijing's offer of talks, saying Taiwan cannot accept China's condition that it first recognize the principle of "one China."
- China Renews Offer for Talks with Taiwan Government VOA 12 May 2005 -- President Hu Jintao has renewed China's offer to negotiate with rival Taiwan.
- MND TO REPORT ON INTELLIGENCE LEAKING CASE AFTER THOROUGH PROBE CNA 11 May 2005 -- National Defense Minister Lee Jye is taking very seriously the case of alleged leaking of intelligence by a military officer, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman said Wednesday.
- 'TAIWANESE MINDSET' BY NO MEANS 'TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE': PFP HEAD CNA 11 May 2005 -- Opposition People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong said Wednesday that a "Taiwanese mindset" does not equal "Taiwan independence" and that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should try harder to understand each other to create the greatest benefit for both sides.
- PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE AGAIN DENIES SO-CALLED '1992 CONSENSUS' CNA 11 May 2005 -- The Presidential Office renewed Wednesday the Democratic Progressive Party administration's denial that Taiwan and China reached consensus on the definition of "one China" in their landmark 1992 negotiations in Hong Kong -- the so-called "92 Consensus."
- Taiwan Opposition Leader Urges China to Change Strategy VOA 11 May 2005 -- Taiwanese opposition leader James Soong, on a visit to China, has urged the Beijing government to change its approach to Taiwan, and stop taking measures that deepen the divide between the two rivals.
- UNIFICATION, INDEPENDENCE BOTH POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR TAIWAN: PRESIDENT CNA 10 May 2005 -- Taiwan will not rule out any possibility in terms of its future relations with China, with both unification with China and independence for Taiwan being possible options, President Chen Shui-bian said recently in an interview with the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung.
- LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE BLOCKS ARMS PROCUREMENT BILL FROM AGENDA CNA 10 May 2005 -- The opposition-dominated Rules Committee of the Legislative Yuan again blocked a bill Tuesday on major arms procurements initiated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from the legislative agenda.
- TAIWAN: LIEN FORGES 'NEW PATH FOR CROSS-STRAIT INTERACTION' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 09 May 2005
- CHINA TRYING TO USE OPPOSITION TO INTERFERE IN ELECTION: PRESIDENT CNA 09 May 2005 -- Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian said Sunday night that China is trying to use Taiwan's opposition parties to interfere in the island's May 14 National Assembly election.
- BUSH URGES CHINESE PRESIDENT TO HOLD TALKS WITH TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT CNA 06 May 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday urged Chinese President Hu Jintao to continue working on ways to engage in dialogue with President Chen Shui-bian, the duly elected leader of Taiwan, according to White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
- U.S. ENCOURAGES MORE FORMAL CROSS-STRAIT TALKS CNA 05 May 2005 -- The U.S. State Department reiterated Wednesday its stance of encouraging cross-strait dialogue and contacts, saying, however, that eventually, there should be more formal political talks between the duly elected government in Taiwan and the people in mainland China.
- Another Taiwanese Opposition Leader Visits Mainland China VOA 05 May 2005 -- Taiwanese politician James Soong arrived in mainland China, saying he wanted to bridge differences between Beijing and Taipei. Mr. Soong is the second Taiwan opposition leader to travel to the mainland in the past few days.
- CHEN CALLS FOR PEACEFUL DIALOGUE TO RESOLVE CROSS-STRAIT ISSUE CNA 04 May 2005 -- Visiting ROC President Chen Shui-bian said in Fiji Wednesday that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should engage in peaceful dialogue and consultations to resolve their disputes.
- TALKS BETWEEN GOV'TS IN CHINA, TAIWAN NECESSARY: U.S. STATE DEPT CNA 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. State Department reiterated Monday that dialogue between Beijing and the ROC government is necessary if a long-term resolution of cross-strait problems is to be found, adding that the U.S. has no intention of "manipulating" or "organizing" the process of cross-strait dialogue.
- BEIJING SHOULD RECOGNIZE ROC SOVEREIGNTY: PRESIDENT CHEN CNA 03 May 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday that he will honor the 10-point consensus that he issued jointly with People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong and urged Beijing to respect and recognize the sovereignty of the Republic of China on Taiwan to improve bilateral ties.
- '1992 CONSENSUS' CANNOT BE ACCEPTED SINCE IT DOESN'T EXIST: PRESIDENT CNA 03 May 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday rejected the existence of the so-called "1992 consensus" and said that he welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao to come to Taiwan and search the nation's records to see if he can locate any written evidence of such an agreement.
- MESSAGES FOR CHINA CONSISTENT WITH TAIWAN'S INTERESTS: PRESIDENT CNA 03 May 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday that the messages that he has asked opposition People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong to pass on to the Beijing leadership during his upcoming China visit are consistent with the interests of the country.
- TAIWAN DEVELOPING MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILES: LAWMAKER CNA 03 May 2005 -- The military is developing a medium-range missile to deter an invasion from China, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker said Tuesday.
- Taiwan President Invites China's Leaders to Visit VOA 03 May 2005 -- The president of Taiwan has invited China's leaders to visit the island, as Beijing offered economic concessions and a pair of giant pandas as goodwill gestures to its rival.
- Taiwan's President Offers Talks With China VOA 02 May 2005 -- As Taiwan's leading opposition figure wraps up his historic tour of China, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian is taking a conciliatory line toward Beijing.
- CHEN CALLS FOR CROSS-STRAIT MUTUAL TRUST MECHANISM CNA 02 May 2005 -- Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian on Monday called for the establishment of a military and security mutual trust mechanism across the Taiwan Strait to help defuse cross-strait tensions.
- LEASING P-3C ANTI-SUB PLANES FROM U.S. IS AN OPTION: DEFENSE MINISTER CNA 02 May 2005 -- The Ministry of National Defense is negotiating with the United States on the feasibility of leasing P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft, Minister of National Defense Lee Jya said Monday.
- ARMS PURCHASE BUDGET BILL MUST BE ACTED ON BEFORE AUGUST: SPEAKER CNA 02 May 2005 -- The legislature has to deal with the NT$480 billion (US$15.48 billion) budget bill for an arms purchase from the United States at a extraordinary session between July and August to address Washington's concerns, Wang Jin-pyng, president of the Legislative Yuan said Monday.
- Taiwan's President Calls for Talks with China VOA 01 May 2005 -- Taiwan's president, Chen Shui-bian, is urging China's communist leaders to open direct talks with his government. His call follows a meeting between Taiwanese opposition leader Lien Chan and Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing Friday.
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