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August 2007 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- MOFA urges U.N. to justly deal with Taiwan's membership application CNA 31 Aug 2007 -- The United Nations should justly deal with Taiwan's membership application and address Taiwan's right to join the world body, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman said Friday.
- Defense Ministry defends islet road expansion project CNA 31 Aug 2007 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has defended a construction project to expand the main road on Taiwan-held Taiping Island in the Nansha, or Spratly, islands in the South China Sea, saying that the road is needed for sustainable development and as an emergency runway.
- ROC is country: KMT presidential candidate CNA 31 Aug 2007 -- The Republic of China is certainly a country from the viewpoint of the ROC, Ma Ying-jeou, the presidential candidate of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), said Friday.
- Taiwan issue expected to be raised at Bush-Hu meeting: U.S. official CNA 31 Aug 2007 -- The issue of Taiwan's push for a referendum on its U.N. bid is expected to be discussed during upcoming talks between U.S. President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao at next month's meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, a White House official said Thursday.
- Taiwan's U.N. bid unrelated to independence: MOFA CNA 31 Aug 2007 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Thursday that Taiwan's bid to gain membership in the United Nations has nothing to do with seeking so-called "de jure independence, " because Taiwan is already a sovereign independent country.
- U.N. bid referendum will not change status quo: president CNA 30 Aug 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian has reiterated that Taiwan's planned referendum on its U.N. membership bid will not change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
- Defense takes lion's share of government budget for 2008 CNA 30 Aug 2007 -- Defense spending will take the lion's share of the government's budget for 2008, government officials said Thursday.
- Taiwan's referendum on U.N. bid meant to defend status quo: President CNA 29 Aug 2007 -- Instead of altering the political status quo across the Taiwan Strait, the referendum on Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations is meant to preserve and defend it, President Chen Shui-bian said here Tuesday.
- MOFA reiterates U.S. misinterpreting U.N. bid referendum plan CNA 29 Aug 2007 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Wednesday that the United States has misinterpreted Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on its bid to join the United Nations under the name of Taiwan, saying it will continue to communicate with Washington on the issue.
- U.S. misinterprets U.N. bid referendum plan: FM CNA 28 Aug 2007 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang voiced regret Monday that the United States has misinterpreted Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on its U.N. bid as a step promoting Taiwan independence or changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
- U.N. bid referendum will not change status-quo: MOFA CNA 28 Aug 2007 -- Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on its U.N. cause is only a way of responding to public opinion and has nothing to do with changing the country's official title or changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Wang Chien-yeh said Tuesday.
- US Presses Taiwan to Drop Referendum Plan VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- The United States has again called for Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to drop plans to hold a referendum on whether the island should apply for U.N. membership under the name Taiwan
- China's saber-rattling main source of regional instability: MAC CNA 27 Aug 2007 -- China's saber-rattling and military intimidation of Taiwan over its fears of the island's democratic development is the main source of regional instability, a senior Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official said Monday.
- MOFA inks pledge to endorse global efforts to ban landmines CNA 27 Aug 2007 -- Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Tzu-pao and Tun Channareth, a "friendship ambassador" of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) , signed a pledge Monday to highlight Taiwan's resolve to remove its landmines in line with global efforts.
- Taiwan's U.N. bid not included in summit communique VOA 24 Aug 2007 -- Taiwan's proposal that its Central American allies express support for the country's bid to join the United Nations was not included in a summit communique signed between the heads of state of Taiwan and its Central American allies Thursday.
- President reiterates `no need for Taiwan to declare independence' CNA 22 Aug 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian reiterated his stance during a recent media interview that Taiwan is already an independent sovereign country and has no need to declare independence, according to the transcript of the interview released Wednesday by the Presidential Office.
- Increasing defense budget shows Taiwan's self-defense resolve CNA 17 Aug 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Friday that Taiwan's 2008 defense budget will for the first time account for 3 percent of its GDP, reflecting the country's determination to maintain its self-defense capacity.
- Motion on Taiwan's membership bid submitted to United Nations CNA 16 Aug 2007 -- Fifteen of Taiwan's diplomatic allies have put forward a motion at the United Nations pressing the world body to deal with Taiwan's membership application according to established procedures, Taiwan officials posted in New York said Wednesday.
- Taiwan's new U.N. bid ad calls for end to political apartheid CNA 16 Aug 2007 -- Taiwan's exclusion from the United Nations over the past 36 years has been likened to a form of political apartheid and should be brought to an end, Government Information Office (GIO) Minister Shieh Jhy-wey said Thursday in a press conference to announce Taiwan's U.N. bid advertisement for this year.
- Taiwan lawmakers arrive in U.S. to visit submarine manufacturers CNA 15 Aug 2007 -- Seven lawmakers from across the party spectrum arrived at the United States Tuesday to conduct a feasibility study for a submarine procurement deal.
- Lawmakers embark on low-profile arms procurement trip to U.S. CNA 14 Aug 2007 -- Seven lawmakers from across the party spectrum set off on an 11-day visit to the United States Tuesday as part of a feasibility study for a submarine procurement deal aimed at beefing up the country's defense capabilities.
- Legislative mission to visit U.S. over arms procurement deal CNA 14 Aug 2007 -- A legislative delegation will set off on an 11-day visit to the United States Tuesday to facilitate its assessment of a plan to purchase eight U.S.-built diesel-electric submarines, Legislative Yuan Defense Committee sources said Monday.
- President reiterates need for new constitution CNA 13 Aug 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian reiterated Monday the necessity for Taiwan to tailor-make a new constitution that is viable and up to date to enhance the country's competitiveness.
- Premier vows to push for Taiwan's U.N. membership CNA 12 Aug 2007 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung vowed Sunday to push for Taiwan's U.N. membership, force the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) to give up its ill-gotten assets, and keep Taiwan's indigenous regime survive.
- Washington urging U.N. to correct statement about Taiwan CNA 12 Aug 2007 -- Washington is urging the U. N. Secretariat to correct its statement that Taiwan is part of the territory of the People's Republic of China (PROC) , a Republic of China (ROC) diplomat posted to Washington said Saturday.
- President wants to communicate with U.S. on U.N. issue CNA 08 Aug 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Wednesday that he wants to further communicate with the United States to resolve their differences on Taiwan's efforts to push for a referendum on whether to apply to join the United Nations under the name of Taiwan.
- MOFA protests rejection of Taiwan's U.N. membership application CNA 04 Aug 2007 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has issued a strong protest against the rejection of President Chen Shui-bian's letter requesting Taiwan's U.N. membership by China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Wang Guangya.
- Returned letter on Taiwan's U.N. membership application received CNA 03 Aug 2007 -- Swaziland's ambassador to the United Nations has received a letter containing Taiwan's U.N. membership application which was returned by Wang Guangya, China's U.N. ambassador who served as rotating president of the U.N. Security Council for July, Taiwan officials posted in New York said Thursday.
- U.N. position on Taiwan's membership application unchanged: official CNA 02 Aug 2007 -- The United Nations' position on Taiwan's participation in the world body has not changed despite Taiwan's request for the world body to reconsider its membership application, a U.N. official said Wednesday.
- U.S. position on Taiwan's U.N. bid unchanged: official CNA 01 Aug 2007 -- The United States has not changed its stance concerning Taiwan's bid for membership in the United Nations, a U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.
- Taiwan submits second membership application to United Nations CNA 01 Aug 2007 -- Taiwan has submitted a second membership application to the United Nations after the first one was rejected by the U.N. Secretariat, a Presidential Office official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan Renews UN Membership Bid VOA 01 Aug 2007 -- Taiwan's president has renewed its bid to join the United Nations, sending two more letters to leaders of the world body.
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