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July 2005 Taiwan Special Weapons News
- KMT TO DISCUSS ARMS PROCUREMENT PACKAGE IN SEPTEMBER AT EARLIEST CNA 30 Jul 2005 -- The legislative caucus of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Saturday that it will only begin considering an arms procurement package from the United States in September at the earliest, when the new session of the Legislative Yuan will begin.
- U.S. CONGRESSMAN CALLS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY FOR TAIWAN CNA 29 Jul 2005 -- U.S. Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) submitted a concurrent resolution Thursday, calling for enhanced security for Taiwan.
- PRESIDENT INSPECTS LIVE-FIRE WAR GAMES IN CENTRAL TAIWAN CNA 27 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian traveled to the Chingchuankang air base in central Taiwan Wednesday to inspect a live-fire military exercise aimed mainly at testing the armed forces' combat prowess in a counterattack against enemy airborne troops and commandos.
- PRESIDENT ATTENDS MILITARY EXERCISE IN CENTRAL TAIWAN CNA 27 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Wednesday that as the armed forces' commander-in-chief and national leader, he has to stand on high ground and take overall national security into consideration.
- PRESIDENT CALLS FOR ATTENTION TO CHINA'S MILITARY THREAT CNA 26 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian urged the international community Tuesday not to apply a double standard in pursuing the universal values of democracy, freedom, human rights and peace.
- COORDINATION NEEDED TO CRACK DOWN ON CHINESE SPIES: OFFICIAL CNA 23 Jul 2005 -- Chinese criminals and spies entering Taiwan remain a problem that must be better addressed by coordinating all elements of law enforcement, a spokesman for the State Public Prosecutor General's Office under the Supreme Court said Friday.
- CHINA TURNED DOWN TAIWAN REQUEST ON JOINT CRACKDOWN ON HACKERS CNA 23 Jul 2005 -- Despite Taiwan's keen hope that cross-Taiwan Strait cooperation will stop Internet crime, China has again rejected Taiwan's proposal recently in a working meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said Saturday.
- U.S. URGED TO ADDRESS MILITARY IMBALANCE ACROSS TAIWAN STRAIT CNA 22 Jul 2005 -- The United States should address the military imbalance between Taiwan and China unilaterally if Taiwan fails to strengthen its own defenses, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Randall Schriver said Thursday.
- CHINA'S RISE NOT PEACEFUL: PRESIDENT CHEN CNA 21 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that a U.S. government report on China's People's Liberation Army has shown that China's rise has not been peaceful, and that China is not an opportunity, but a threat.
- CHINA A THREAT, NOT AN OPPORTUNITY: PRESIDENT CHEN CNA 21 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that a U.S. government report on the military power of the People's Republic of China has shown that China's rise has not been peaceful, and that China is not an opportunity, but a threat.
- TAIWAN MUST STRENGTHEN ANTI-MISSILE CAPABILITY: MAC CHAIRMAN CNA 21 Jul 2005 -- The nation's top mainland China policy planner said Thursday that faced with the missile threat from China, Taiwan should step up its anti-missile capability
- U.S. OFFICIAL CALLS ON LEGISLATURE SPEAKER OVER ARMS PURCHASE BUDGET CNA 21 Jul 2005 -- Douglas Paal, chief of the American Institute in Taiwan, paid a call on Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng Thursday over the legislature's handling of the government's request for a special budget of NT$480 billion to buy a package of U.S. arms.
- CHINA KEEPS REFUSING TO DEAL WITH GOVERNMENT ON TAIWAN: U.S. REPORT CNA 21 Jul 2005 -- In spite of its promise to expand contacts with the people of Taiwan, China is still refusing to talk directly with their democratically-elected government led by President Chen Shui-bian, a United States government report to Congress says.
- PENTAGON REPORT HELPS WORLD UNDERSTAND CHINA'S THREAT TO TAIWAN: MAC CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- A newly released Pentagon report on China's military power will help the international community better understand that Taiwan faces an ever-increasing military threat from China, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu said Wednesday.
- MAC COMMENTS ON U.S. REPORT ON CHINA'S MILITARY POWER CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- The Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday that various evaluations in the Pentagon report on China's military power are in line with the Taiwan government's perceptions.
- DPP URGES OPPOSITION TO FACE PRC MILITARY THREAT SQUARELY CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- A United States report on China's military power has provoked a new round of war of words between Taiwan's ruling and opposition parties Wednesday
- NO SIGNS OF LARGE MILITARY EXERCISE ON CHINA: DEFENSE MINISTRY CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- A Ministry of National Defense official said Wednesday that the ministry has not detected any signs of large-scale military exercises on China, contrary to local media reports.
- MND STUDYING NEW PENTAGON REPORT ON CHINA'S MILITARY POWER CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- The Ministry of National Defense is studying the latest report on China's military power released by the U.S. Department of Defense Tuesday, military spokesman Liu Chih-jian said Wednesday.
- Bush Administration Says Review of Chinese Unocal Bid Premature Washington File 19 Jul 2005 -- The United States has a process to investigate international efforts to purchase U.S. companies and can block those that threaten national security, but it is premature to hold a formal review of a Chinese company's bid for the California-based oil company Unocal, according to Bush administration officials.
- CROSS-STRAIT MILITARY BALANCE SHIFTING TOWARD BEIJING: U.S. CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- Taiwan's defense spending has steadily declined in real terms over the past decade, even as China's air, naval and missile force modernization has increased the need for countermeasures that would enable Taiwan to avoid being quickly overwhelmed, according to a U.S. government report.
- PLA FOCUSING ON PREVENTING TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE: U.S. REPORT CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- China's military build-up has regional implications and a short-term objective seems to be focusing on preventing Taiwan independence, according to a U.S. government report released Tuesday.
- PENTAGON REPORT RAISES CONCERN OVER CHINA'S MILITARY BUILDUP CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- The latest report on China's military power published by the U.S. Department of Defense is aimed at reminding Asian countries of their obligation to pay attention to the development of China and to beef up their defense capabilities, a local analyst said Wednesday.
- CHINA USING TWO-PRONGED STRATEGY AGAINST TAIWAN: PENTAGON REPORT CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- China has adopted a two-pronged approach of persuasion and coercion to prevent Taiwan independence and achieve eventual unification, the U.S. Defense Department said in its latest report on China's military power released Tuesday.
- CHINA HAS 650-730 MISSILES TARGETING TAIWAN: PENTAGON REPORT CNA 20 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. Department of Defense published its latest report on China's military build-up Tuesday, saying that China has deployed some 650-730 mobile CSS-6 and CSS-7 short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) to garrisons opposite Taiwan and deployment of these systems is increasing at a rate of about 100 missiles per year.
- CHINA'S RISE THREATENS ASIAN SECURITY: VICE PREMIER CNA 18 Jul 2005 -- Vice Premier Wu Rong-i said Monday that China's rise as an economic power threatens regional security and stability in Asia.
- CHINA'S RISE BIGGEST THREAT TO REGIONAL SECURITY: TSU HEAD CNA 18 Jul 2005 -- The rise of China is the biggest threat to security in Asia and the Pacific, visiting pro-independence opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Su Chin-chiang said Sunday.
- NO INFORMATION ABOUT NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR'S TAIWAN VISIT CLAIM: MOFA CNA 18 Jul 2005 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has no knowledge about a claim by a North Korean defector that he visited Taiwan to promote sales of North Korea-developed ballistic missiles, a senior official said Monday.
- U.S. OFFICIAL URGES TAIWAN TO STRENGTHEN DEFENSES CNA 18 Jul 2005 -- Leaders of Taiwan's political parties should set aside partisan bickering and strengthen Taiwan's defense capability, boost economic momentum and maintain stability with China, a U.S. official posted to Taiwan said Monday.
- NO CONSENSUS ON CROSS-STRAIT POLICY `BIGGEST PROBLEM': MAC CNA 18 Jul 2005 -- The biggest problem with cross-Taiwan Strait policy is not China but the lack of consensus between the ruling and opposition parties, the head of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) claimed Monday.
- China Congratulates New Leader of Taiwan Opposition Party VOA 17 Jul 2005 -- China's president has congratulated the newly elected leader of Taiwan's main opposition Nationalist Party, which favors closer ties with Beijing, in contrast to the independence-leaning ruling party.
- US Calls Chinese Nuclear Threat Irresponsible VOA 15 Jul 2005 -- The Bush administration labeled as "highly irresponsible" a Chinese general's reported threat to use nuclear weapons if the US became involved in a conflict over Taiwan.
- U.S. WANTS TO SELL ARMS TO TAIWAN FOR PEACE AND SECURITY: SHRIVER CNA 13 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. is trying to sell a package of arms to Taiwan because it is "important for peace and security" in the Taiwan Strait and because it serves U.S. interests, a former U.S. official in charge of East Asian affairs said Wednesday.
- DEFENCE & ARMS PURCHASE BUDGET WON'T TOP 2.85% OF GDP: OFFICIAL CNA 13 Jul 2005 -- The country's regular defence budget plus a special budget for purchasing a package of sophisticated U.S. weapons accounts for 2.85 percent of the gross national product (GDP), lower than that of most other countries, a Ministry of National Defence official said Wednesday.
- DEFENSE IMPORTANT, BUT WITHIN REASONABLE ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK: KMT CNA 13 Jul 2005 -- Maintaining adequate national defense is important, but Taiwan has to consider its financial burden and economic situation before deciding whether to buy large amounts of weapons from the United States, the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Wednesday.
- PRESIDENT URGES CHINA TO OPEN DIRECT DIALOGUE WITH HIM CNA 12 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian called on China Tuesday to engage in direct dialogue with the elected leader of Taiwan, saying it will not help resolve problems in cross-Taiwan Strait relations if Beijing continues to isolate the government and maintains contact only with civic groups and opposition parties.
- MND REBUTS KMT HEAD'S CLAIM ABOUT ARMS PROCUREMENT DELAY CNA 11 Jul 2005 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) rebutted opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan's claim Monday that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration is "hindering" an early passage of an arms deal with the United States. "Lien's claim is not factual, " the MND pointed out in a press statement, adding that the claim is also illogical.
- DPP SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMS PROCUREMENT DELAY: KMT HEAD CNA 11 Jul 2005 -- It is the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) -led government that should bear the blame for the opposition-controlled legislature's blockage of the passage of an arms procurement package from the United States, opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan claimed Monday.
- CONTACT BETWEEN TAIWAN, CHINA A "G0OD THING": U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE CNA 10 Jul 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Beijing Sunday that the United States sees contact between the Chinese government and Taiwan as a "good thing, " expressing the hope that Beijing can also have contact with the island's duly elected government.
- MAC WELCOMES RICE'S CALL FOR CHINA TO CONTACT DPP ADMINISTRATION CNA 10 Jul 2005 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Sunday it welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's call for China to talk directly with Taiwan's duly elected government. "Rice's appeal is in compliance with our basic stance.
- Rice Urges China to Talk to Taiwan VOA 10 Jul 2005 -- In Beijing as part of a four-nation Asia tour, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged China to talk to rival Taiwan and the Dalai Lama, while rejecting calls to pull U.S. troops out of Central Asia.
- TSU BACKS UPWARD ADJUSTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET CNA 08 Jul 2005 -- The legislative caucus of the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) announced its support Thursday for a proposed upward adjustment of Taiwan's defense budget to account for 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
- ARMS PROCUREMENT PLAN REMAINS UNCHANGED: DEFENSE MINISTRY CNA 08 Jul 2005 -- The government's planned arms procurement from the United States remains unchanged, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Friday.
- DEFENSE MINISTER RENEWS CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR ARMS PROCUREMENT CNA 08 Jul 2005 -- Minister of National Defense Lee Jye renewed his call late Thursday for public support for the government's arms procurement plan in order to maintain the military balance across the Taiwan Strait.
- PRESIDENT PITCHES FOR ARMS PROCUREMENT PACKAGE TO MAINTAIN BALANCE CNA 07 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian renewed his call Thursday for public support for the government three arms procurement plans in order to maintain military balance across the Taiwan Strait.
- ROC MUST MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT DEFENSE CAPABILITY: PRESIDENT CNA 06 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Wednesday that Taiwan must maintain sufficient defense capability as China has not become a democracy and still poses a military threat to Taiwan.
- TAIWAN URGES CHINA TO TAKE ACTION ON CROSS-STRAIT TALKS CNA 05 Jul 2005 -- A Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official called on China Tuesday to take action and start talks with Taiwan instead of just paying lip service.
- MND CALLS UP RESERVISTS FOR JULY 7 COASTAL DEFENSE DRILL CNA 05 Jul 2005 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has called up more than 5,000 reservists to take part in a coastal defense military drill scheduled for July 7, MND spokesman Rear Adm. Liu Chih-chien said Tuesday.
- TAIWAN REFRAINS FROM HEAD-ON CONFRONTATION WITH CHINA: MAC CNA 04 Jul 2005 -- Taiwan has consistently refrained from head-on confrontation with China and has instead handled China's military threat and diplomatic embargo with prudence, the nation's top mainland policy planner claimed Monday.
- MAC INSISTS ON GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATION IN CROSS-STRAIT TALKS CNA 04 Jul 2005 -- Cross-Taiwan Strait talks on the launch of chartered cargo flights and Taiwan's agricultural exports to China must be participated in by the government in order to protect the interests of the Taiwan people, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu said Monday.
- DPP DENIES EXISTENCE OF 'WEICHENG' PANEL ON CHINA INTELLIGENCE CNA 05 Jul 2005 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) denied a media report Monday that it has joined forces with national security agencies in setting up a special panel to intensify collection and analysis of China-related intelligence.
- TAIWAN A SOVEREIGN STATE: ROC OFFICIAL CNA 01 Jul 2005 -- A ranking Republic of China official stationed in Chicago recently sent a letter to the Chicago Sun-Times, stressing that Taiwan is a sovereign state and "does not need China to grant it independence as it has never been a part of the People's Republic of China."
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