Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2007 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- AIR FORCE EXPRESSES CONCERN TO U.S. OVER RADAR BUDGET MISUSE CNA 30 Jun 2007 -- The Air Force Headquarters has formed a special task force to audit budget appropriation for an advanced radar system installation project and has expressed serious concern to U.S. military authorities over relevant budget misuse, an official said Saturday.
- PRESIDENT URGES ARMED FORCES TO SHED `OLD MINDSET' CNA 26 Jun 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian urged the military Tuesday to sever ties with the "old era" and shed what he called is its "old mindset" and step up democratic education in the military.
- Taiwan U.N. Membership Referendum Opposed by United States Washington File 25 Jun 2007 -- The United States opposes a Taiwanese referendum "on whether to apply to the United Nations under the name Taiwan," says a U.S. State Department spokesman.
- TAIWAN'S U.N. BID AIMED AT PROTECTING STATUS QUO: PRESIDENT CNA 22 Jun 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian reaffirmed Friday the country's plans to apply for U.N. membership under the name of "Taiwan" and to push for a referendum on the bid, in spite of opposition by the United States.
- U.S. URGED TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH TAIWAN CNA 22 Jun 2007 -- Two former advisers to Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian urged the United States to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country and establish diplomatic ties.
- MOFA TO CONTINUE TO COMMUNICATE WITH U.S. ON U.N. BID: OFFICIAL CNA 21 Jun 2007 -- Taiwan will continue to communicate with the United States on its plan to hold a referendum on the country's bid to join the United Nations, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Thursday.
- U.S. REITERATES OPPOSITION TO TAIWAN'S PLAN TO HOLD U.N. REFERENDUM CNA 20 Jun 2007 -- A U.S. State Department official reiterated Tuesday Washington's opposition to Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on the country's bid to join the United Nations, warning that such a move would intensify tensions across the Taiwan Strait
- LAWMAKERS CRITICIZE U.S. FOR OPPOSING PLAN TO HOLD U.N. REFERENDUM CNA 20 Jun 2007 -- Lawmakers of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday criticized the United States for being "overbearing" in its opposition to Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on the country's bid to join the United Nations.
- MOFA ISSUES 4-POINT RESPONSE TO U.S. OPPOSITION TO U.N. REFERENDUM CNA 19 Jun 2007 -- The majority of Taiwan people support the government's plan to apply for U.N. membership in the name of Taiwan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Wang Chien-yeh said Tuesday.
- AIT CHIEF REAFFIRMS CONSISTENCY IN U.S. POLICY CNA 15 Jun 2007 -- U.S. policy on Taiwan's participation in international organizations has been consistent over the last thirty years, and the U.S. continues to insist that Taiwan should be allowed to participate in various ways, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt said Friday
- AIT CHIEF REAFFIRMS U.S. DEFENSE COMMITMENT TO TAIWAN CNA 15 Jun 2007 -- Visiting American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond F. Burghardt said Thursday that the U.S. government attaches great importance to its relations with Taiwan because it is committed to helping with Taiwan's defense.
- PRESIDENT URGES U.S. TO REAFFIRM 6 ASSURANCES TO TAIWAN CNA 14 Jun 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian urged the United States Thursday to reaffirm at an opportune time the "Six Assurances" it made to Taiwan in 1982 so as to underscore that there has been no change in its stance on Taiwan's sovereign status and prevent China from downgrading Taiwan in the international community.
- SWISS RETURN PART OF 'LAFAYETTE' KICKBACKS TO TAIWAN CNA 14 Jun 2007 -- Swiss authorities Wednesday returned to Taiwan US$34 million in frozen bank deposits believed to be illicit kickbacks connected to the purchase of six Lafayette-class frigates from France in 1991, Swiss officials said.
- CHINA'S MISSILE DEPLOYMENT CHANGING CROSS-STRAIT STATUS QUO: PENTAGON CNA 14 Jun 2007 -- China's missile programs are posing challenges to the United States and are changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
- Taiwanese Politician Makes Unprecedented Visit to India VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- A prominent Taiwanese politician is making an unprecedented visit to India - the first such trip since the nationalist Kuomintang generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek spent two weeks there in 1942
- TAIWAN HAS NO PLAN TO DEVELOP MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILES: ENVOY CNA 08 Jun 2007 -- Taiwan doesn't have any plan to develop medium-range missiles or deploy weapons of mass destruction, the Republic of China representative to the United States said Thursday.
- U.S. URGED TO MAINTAIN 'STRATEGIC AMBIGUITY' POLICY ON TAIWAN ISSUE CNA 06 Jun 2007 -- The United States should continue its policy of "strategic ambiguity" on the Taiwan issue, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker said Tuesday.
- MND NOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT CHINA REMOVING MISSILES CNA 06 Jun 2007 -- A senior defense official said Wednesday that it is not optimistic that China will remove its missiles targeting Taiwan to pave the way for cross-strait talks.
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