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Novermber 2005 Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • HAU MASTERMINDED LAFAYETTE PURCHASE WHILE LEE KNEW NOTHING: DPP CNA 29 Nov 2005 -- The legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claimed Tuesday that former Premier Hau Pei-tsun masterminded the purchase of Lafayette-class frigates from France in the late 1980s and early 1990s while former President Lee Teng-hui was kept in the dark throughout the decision-making process.
  • LAFAYETTE SCANDAL SUSPECT CITES FRENCH REPORT TO PROCLAIM INNOCENCE CNA 29 Nov 2005 -- Andrew Wang, who is on Taiwan's most-wanted list for his alleged role in the Lafayette frigates kickback scandal, thought he had a new ally, a French newspaper, to prove his innocence when he shared its report with Taiwan's media late Monday.
  • MILITARY REBUTS CHARGES OF INVOLVEMENT IN ELECTIONS CNA 28 Nov 2005 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) rebutted charges of military involvement in the electoral campaign for the upcoming "three-in-one" elections Monday, describing such allegations as an insult to the nation's armed forces.
  • DPP USING LAFAYETTE FILES FOR ELECTION PURPOSES: KMT CHAIRMAN CNA 24 Nov 2005 -- Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Thursday of using the files on the Lafayette frigate kickback scandal to boost its election campaign.
  • DPP DEMANDS FORMER PREMIER HAU EXPLAIN LAFAYETTE KICKBACKS CNA 24 Nov 2005 -- The legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) demanded that former premier Hau Pei-tsun and two other senior military officers open up their bank accounts to see if they had taken kickbacks from the purchase of the ROC Navy's Lafayette-class frigates.
  • LAFAYETTE TEAM OPPOSED TO PAROLE OF CORRUPT OFFICER CNA 22 Nov 2005 -- The prosecutorial panel investigating the high-profile Lafayette frigate kickback scandal has expressed opposition to a possible parole of a convicted corrupt naval officer related to the case, judicial sources said Tuesday.
  • ARMY PLANS TO PURCHASE HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS: MND CNA 21 Nov 2005 -- The army is planning to purchase new helicopter gunships to beef up the nation's defense capabilities, but the type and quantity to be procured have yet to be determined, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
  • LAFAYETTE FILES SUBJECT TO TOP-LEVEL CONFIDENTIALITY: OFFICIAL CNA 17 Nov 2005 -- The collection of court files brought back by two Taiwan prosecutors from Switzerland in connection with a kickback scandal involving Taiwan's procurement of six Lafayette-class frigates from France is secure and subject to top-level confidentiality, a senior official said Thursday.
  • U.S. COMMANDER SAYS HE HAS NEVER OPPOSED SUB SALE TO TAIWAN CNA 16 Nov 2005 -- The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, William Fallon, told U.S. Congressmen that he "fully supports" U.S. policy regarding China and Taiwan and the U.S. government stands ready to fulfill President George W. Bush's 2001 arms sales commitment to Taiwan, in all its elements.
  • NEARLY 70% FAVOR PUTTING ARMS PACKAGE TO SCREENING IN LEGISLATURE CNA 15 Nov 2005 -- Nearly 70 percent of the people are in favor of putting the government's arms procurement package from the United States to screening in the Legislative Yuan, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman said Tuesday.
  • PROSECUTORS RETURN FROM GENEVA WITH FILES ON LAFAYETTE SCANDAL CNA 15 Nov 2005 -- Two Taiwan prosecutors who traveled to Geneva early this month have returned home with a large number of court files believed to be related to a kickback scandal involving Taiwan's procurement of six Lafayette-class frigates from France in 1991, an official said Monday.
  • PFP LAWMAKER SLAMS MND POLL ON MAJOR ARMS PROCUREMENT PACKAGE CNA 15 Nov 2005 -- An opposition People First Party (PFP) lawmaker blasted Tuesday the Ministry of National Defense (MND) for revealing survey results regarding a major arms procurement package, calling it a political maneuver aimed at swaying public opinion to back the issue.
  • TAIWAN TO ISSUE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT AFTER ELECTIONS CNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Taiwan will issue its first-ever "national security report" after the year-end "three-in-one" elections, President Chen Shui-bian said in an interview published Thursday in Japan's Asahi Shimbun daily.
  • PRESIDENT REITERATES IMPORTANCE OF HAVING SELF-DEFENSE POWER CNA 10 Nov 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian reiterated on Thursday that it's very important for Taiwan to "maintain the power of self-defense and to safeguard the peace across the Taiwan Strait."
  • ROC ENVOY URGES E.U. NOT TO LIFT ARMS BAN AGAINST CHINA CNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Taiwan is gravely concerned about the possibility of the European Union lifting its ban on arms sales to China after Britain's six-month rotating E.U. presidency ends late this year, the ROC envoy in the United Kingdom said Wednesday.
  • PRESIDENT REGRETS BOYCOTT OF U.S. ARMS PROCUREMENT BY OPPOSITION CNA 08 Nov 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian expressed his regret Tuesday over the opposition parties' continuing actions to block the government's arms procurement package from the United States.
  • Sale of Submarines to Taiwan Stirs Controversy in US VOA 08 Nov 2005 -- Eight members of the U.S. Congress have sent a letter to the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, demanding an explanation of his alleged opposition to the proposed sale of submarines to Taiwan.
  • DESTROYERS HELP BOOST TAIWAN MORALE: ROC DIPLOMAT CNA 04 Nov 2005 -- The delivery to Taiwan of two U.S.- made Kidd-class destroyers will boost the public's morale and help strengthen the country's defense capabilities, Republic of China Representative to the United Stated David Lee said Thursday.

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