Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
May 2007 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- `APPEASEMENT BREEDS AGGRESSION': PRESIDENT CNA 29 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian urged the international community Tuesday not to "overlook China's irrational demands and unreasonable behavior, " claiming that history shows that "appeasement breeds aggression."
- PREMIER CALLS FOR SWIFT PASSAGE OF NATIONAL BUDGET BILL CNA 29 May 2007 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung urged the Legislative Yuan Tuesday to pass the national budget bill for 2007 swiftly, saying that the delay in passing it has caused great damage to the nation.
- SIMPLIFIED ARMED FORCES 'CONVICTIONS' TO TAKE EFFECT JULY 1: MND HEAD CNA 24 May 2007 -- Defense Minister Lee Tien-yu confirmed Thursday that beginning July 1, members of the country's armed forces will follow a simplified "three convictions" as their spiritual and behavioral guidance.
- U.N.-BID REFERENDUM TO BE HELD IN TANDEM WITH MAJOR ELECTION: CHEN CNA 22 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian expressed his hope Tuesday that a referendum on the country's bid to join the United Nations under the name "Taiwan" can be held in tandem with the legislative elections slated for the end of this year or the presidential election to be held in early 2008.
- NEW MND HEAD TO MAINTAIN POLITICAL STABILITY CNA 18 May 2007 -- The appointment of a senior military officer to head the Ministry of National Defense (MND) was made in the hope of maintaining political stability prior to two significant elections, Vice Premier-designate Chiou I-jen said Friday.
- MILITARY CONDUCTS PARACHUTE DRILL AT HUKOU ARMY BASE CNA 17 May 2007 -- Military personnel conducted a parachute drill at an army base in the northern county of Hsinchu Thursday as part of the ongoing live-fire Han Kuang 23 military exercise.
- ARMED FORCES PRACTICE COUNTERATTACK AT TAICHUNG HARBOR CNA 16 May 2007 -- Armed forces honed counterattack skills and tactics at Wharf No. 2 of Taichung Harbor in central Taiwan Wednesday as part of the ongoing Han Kuang 23 combined services military exercises.
- AIR FORCE FIGHTERS COMPLETE FREEWAY EMERGENCY LANDING DRILL CNA 15 May 2007 -- Six air force jet fighters completed a successful emergency landing drill on a closed section of the Sun Yat-sen Freeway Tuesday as part of the ongoing combined forces Huan Kuang 23 military exercise.
- TAIWAN TAKES STEP FORWARD IN WHO MEMBERSHIP BID: PRESIDENT CNA 15 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday that Taiwan has made a step forward in its efforts to join the World Health Organization (WHO) , as its WHO membership bid issue was extensively discussed in the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO's decision-making arm.
- TAIWAN UNBOWED IN WHO MEMBERSHIP BID: FOREIGN MINISTER CNA 15 May 2007 -- Despite Taiwan's latest setback in its World Health Organization (WHO) membership bid, the government will not give up its efforts to make the country a member of the world body, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Tuesday.
- MOFA REGRETS SETBACK IN WHO MEMBERSHIP BID CNA 15 May 2007 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed deep regrets and dissatisfaction Tuesday over the results of a vote at the opening session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) a day earlier in which Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO) as a full member was rebuffed.
- AIR FORCE OFFICER PRAISES PILOTS' 'HEROIC DECISION' CNA 15 May 2007 -- The two co-pilots of the F-5F jet fighter that crashed during an exercise last week missed the opportunity to eject to safety because they chose not to let the stalled plane go down in a residential area, a spokesman for the Air Force said Tuesday.
- PILOT ERROR, WEATHER LIKELY REASONS FOR F-5F CRASH: INVESTIGATORS CNA 14 May 2007 -- Weather and pilot error are probably the reasons for the crash of an F-5F jet fighter Friday that killed four people and injured nine, according to the preliminary results of an inquiry by the air force into the accident.
- MND CONFIRMS SIMPLIFIED ROC ARMED FORCES CONVICTIONS CNA 14 May 2007 -- The chief of the General Political Warfare Bureau under the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Monday that the "five convictions" that have been followed by members of the country's armed forces as spiritual and behavioral guidance have been reduced to three.
- TAIWAN'S WHO BID MEANS NO CHANGES IN NATIONAL TITLE: PRESIDENT CNA 12 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian reiterated Friday that Taiwan's application to join the World Health Organization (WHO) under the name of "Taiwan" does not mean any changes in its national title and thus has not violated his "four noes" commitments.
- TAIWAN'S WHO BID 'HAS NOTHING TO DO' WITH 'FOUR NOES': PRESIDENT CNA 11 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Friday that Taiwan's bid to become a full member of the World Health Organization (WHO) "has nothing to do" with his "four noes" commitments to the United States.
- PRESIDENT PITCHES FOR WHO SEAT FOR TAIWAN CNA 11 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian expressed the ardent hope in an international news conference via satellite Friday of Taiwan becoming a member of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- MILITARY JETFIGHTER CRASHES CNA 11 May 2007 -- An Air Force F-5F jetfighter crashed Friday morning into an army base used by Singaporean troops at Huko in Hsinchu County, killing the pilot and co-pilot and two Singaporean troops on the ground, according to Minister of National Defense Lee Jye.
- 18 DEATHS FROM 17 F5E/F CRASHES OVER 19 YEARS CNA 11 May 2007 -- The Air Force F-5F twin-seat fighter that crashed in the northern county of Hsinchu Friday morning was the military's 17th F-5E/F to be downed in an accident since 1988, according to data from Legislator Hsueh Ling of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
- CHEN INVITES CHINESE PRESIDENT TO VISIT TAIWAN CNA 11 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian extended an invitation during an interview with a U.S. media outlet Thursday to Chinese President Hu Jintao to visit Taiwan, saying that his invitation to Hu does not come with any conditions.
- Taiwan Asks to Join World Health Organization VOA 11 May 2007 -- For the past 10 years, Taiwan has been trying to achieve observer status at the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization
- U.S. calls Taiwanese missiles destabilizing, offers its own RIA Novosti 04 May 2007 -- The U.S. is trying to discourage Taiwan from acquiring missile technology capable of threatening mainland China, the Taiwanese media said Friday.
- ABOUT 600 MILITARY CRIMINALS ELIGIBLE FOR AMNESTY: MND CNA 01 May 2007 -- About 600 military criminals will be eligible for amnesty if a Ministry of Justice (MOJ) -proposed sentence commutation statute clears the legislature, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday.
- PRESIDENT URGES BEIJING TO ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE WITH TAIWAN'S GOV'T CNA 01 May 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian has again urged the Chinese leadership to engage in direct dialogue and consultations with his administration for the sake of improving relations across the Taiwan Strait.
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