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September 2007 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Analysis: Taiwan's Losing Battle cfr.org 26 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan's latest bid to enter the United Nations under its own name and hold a national referendum on the issue has generated criticism from both China and Taiwan's major ally, the United States
- U.S. will not approve F-16 deal before end of October: speaker CNA 26 Sep 2007 -- The U.S. government is not likely to approve the sale of 66 advanced F-16 C/D jet fighters to Taiwan before the end of October, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Wednesday.
- Taiwan-U.S. differences remain on U.N. issue: Taiwan representative CNA 26 Sep 2007 -- Taipei and Washington remain divided over the issue of Taiwan's U.N. bid, although the United States has opted not to express its opinion on the issue at the ongoing annual session of the U.N. General Assembly, Taiwan's representative to the United States said Tuesday.
- MND budgets for renewal of toxic gas filters at 2 air bases CNA 23 Sep 2007 -- Toxic gas filtration systems at two well-guarded air bases in eastern Taiwan will be renewed as part of efforts to retain the military's counterattack capabilities in the event of a conflict across the Taiwan Strait, defense sources said Sunday.
- Army stepping up efforts to demine 15 minefields on Kinmen, Matsu CNA 23 Sep 2007 -- Army authorities are stepping up efforts to demine 15 minefields on the Taiwan-held outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu with a view to further developing the local tourism industry and economy, military sources said Sunday.
- U.N. General Assembly upholds decision to exclude Taiwan issue CNA 22 Sep 2007 -- The U.N. General Assembly upheld Friday the General Committee's decision to exclude the Taiwan membership issue from the agenda of its 62nd session which opened this week, despite efforts by some of Taiwan's diplomatic allies seeking a reversal of the decision.
- Missile deployment on Matsu opposed by local council members CNA 21 Sep 2007 -- Members of the Lienchiang county council expressed strong opposition Friday to plans of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to build missile bases at two locations in the Matsu island group.
- Taiwan's U.N. bid not included in General Assembly agenda CNA 20 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan suffered yet another setback in its quest for representation in the United Nations Wednesday as a motion asking the world body to address Taiwan's membership issue failed to make the agenda of the 62nd session of the General Assembly.
- MOFA regrets exclusion of Taiwan's bid from General Assembly agenda CNA 20 Sep 2007 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed regret Thursday at the exclusion of the issue of Taiwan's U.N. membership bid from the agenda of the current session of the General Assembly.
- Weapons make debut at rehearsal for National Day military display CNA 19 Sep 2007 -- A variety of weapons made their debuts Wednesday at a rehearsal staged by the armed forces at an army base in Hukou in the northern county of Hsinchu.
- Vice president reaffirms validity of Taiwan's U.N. membership bid CNA 19 Sep 2007 -- Vice President Annette Lu reaffirmed Wednesday the validity of the country's bid for U.N. membership under the name Taiwan.
- U.N. chief hopes members will discuss Taiwan's U.N. membership bid CNA 19 Sep 2007 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hopes the issue of U.N. membership for Taiwan will be discussed by member states as the 62nd session of the U.N. General Assembly opened Tuesday in New York.
- UN Again Rejects Taiwan's Membership Bid VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- The United Nations has rejected another application from Taiwan for membership in the international body.
- Beijing Condemns Taiwan's UN Membership Rally VOA 17 Sep 2007 -- China has condemned Monday a large rally organized by Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian
- China to Keep Close Eye on Taiwan's UN Referendum Plans VOA 16 Sep 2007 -- China says it will closely monitor developments in Taiwan following a government-organized rally supporting Taiwan's efforts to re-enter the United Nations.
- U.N. bid referendum will not change country's name: president CNA 15 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian reiterated Saturday that the planned referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan does not involve changing the country's official name or violate his "four noes" pledges to the United States.
- U.S. congressmen voice support for Taiwan's U.N. bid CNA 15 Sep 2007 -- Several members of the U.S. Congress have expressed their support for Taiwan's bid to gain membership in the United Nations ahead of a Taiwan-organized rally promoting the bid slated for Sept. 15 in New York.
- U.S. congressmen support Taiwan's U.N. bid CNA 15 Sep 2007 -- Four U.S. congressmen spoke out in favor of Taiwan's access to the United Nations as many Taiwan expatriates living in the United States are preparing for a rally in New York Saturday to boost Taiwan's U.N. bid.
- U.S. seriously misunderstands Taiwan's U.N. bid referendum: premier CNA 13 Sep 2007 -- The United States has seriously misunderstood Taiwan's planned referendum on the country's U.N. bid by equating the referendum with an attempt to change the country's official name, Premier Chang Chun-hsiung said Thursday.
- Taiwan would like U.S., Japan, EU to remain neutral on U.N. bid CNA 13 Sep 2007 -- The government would like the United States, Japan and European Union countries to adopt a neutral stance on Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Thursday.
- U.N. bid referendum not electioneering strategy: president CNA 13 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian denied Thursday that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) push for a referendum on Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan is an electioneering strategy aimed at securing the party's victory in the 2008 presidential election.
- Taiwan-U.S. differences over U.N. bid remain: official CNA 12 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan understands the United States' stance concerning the referendum initiative on the country's bid for U.N. membership and regrets that differences between the two sides on the issue have failed to be smoothed out, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman said Wednesday.
- U.N. bid referendum unrelated to changing country's name: Cabinet CNA 12 Sep 2007 -- Holding a referendum on bidding to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan has nothing to do with changing the country's official designation, nor does it violate President Chen Shui-bian's "four noes" pledges, a Cabinet spokesman reiterated Wednesday.
- 'Name change' key U.S. concern over Taiwan's U.N. bid referendum CNA 12 Sep 2007 -- The name change issue raised in aplanned referendum on Taiwan's U.N. membership bid is a major reason for the United States' strong opposition to the plan, a U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.
- Taiwan has `urgent' need to buy F-16s from U.S.: official CNA 11 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan has "urgent and legitimate" needs to buy F-16 jet fighters from the United States, visiting ROC Deputy National Defense Minister Ko Cheng-heng said Monday.
- President's letter to U.N. General Assembly will be returned: MOFA CNA 11 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan has been informed that the United Nations will return a letter written recently by President Chen Shui-bian to explain Taiwan's view of U.N. General Assembly resolution 2758, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials said Tuesday.
- U.S. urged to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan ASAP CNA 10 Sep 2007 -- The president of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council urged the Bush administration Sunday to approve the sale of F-16 C/D jet fighters to Taiwan as soon as possible.
- Referendums to be held alongside elections: president CNA 10 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Monday that a referendum on retrieving the ill-gotten assets of the opposition Kuomintang will be held alongside the legislative elections slated for Jan. 12 next year.
- U.S. statement denies China's sovereignty claim over Taiwan: VP Lu CNA 08 Sep 2007 -- The United States has denied China's sovereignty claim over Taiwan by calling the status of Taiwan "an issue undecided," Vice President Annette Lu said Saturday.
- China, not U.S., is enemy in opposing U.N. referendum: president CNA 07 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Friday that it is China, not the United States, that is the enemy of Taiwan in opposing a planned referendum on the nation's application for membership in the United Nations under the name Taiwan.
- President urges U.S. not to drag feet on F-16 C/D deal CNA 07 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian has called for the United States to sell Taiwan advanced F-16 C/D jet fighters as early as possible to help upgrade its defense capability in the face of China's ever mounting military threat.
- U.S. adopts more cautious attitude towards Taiwan's U.N. bid: FM CNA 06 Sep 2007 -- The U.S. government seems to have adopted a more cautious attitude towards Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations under the name of Taiwan, which will help create more room for negotiations between Taiwan and the United States over the U.N. bid issue, Foreign Minister James Huang said Thursday.
- President calls Taiwan's U.N. bid 'fight between justice and evil' CNA 06 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations under the name of Taiwan is "a fight between justice and evil within the international community, " adding that Taiwan will eventually prevail so long as it "follows the path of justice."
- Bush-Hu meeting could be calm before storm: spokesman CNA 06 Sep 2007 -- The government does not rule out the possibility that the just-concluded meeting between American and Chinese leaders in Sydney, Australia was "the calm before the storm," Executive Yuan spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey said Thursday.
- Full text of president's opening remarks at AEI videoconference CNA 06 Sep 2007 -- The following is the full text of President Chen Shui-bian's opening remarks at a videoconference hosted by the Washington-based think tank American Enterprise Institute.
- Taiwan shares U.S. stance in opposing change of status quo: MOFA CNA 06 Sep 2007 -- Foreign Affairs Minister James Huang said Thursday that Taiwan shares the same stance as the United States in opposing a change of the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.
- Taiwan rejects China's meddling in referendum plan CNA 06 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan is a sovereign state independent of the People's Republic of China and the country's democratic development should not be subject to interference from the totalitarian regime, a Presidential Office spokesman said Thursday.
- U.N. secretary-general stops calling 'Taiwan part of China' CNA 06 Sep 2007 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stopped calling Taiwan "part of the People's Republic of China" since the United States recently corrected his statement, diplomatic sources in Washington, D.C. said Wednesday.
- U.S. nixes U.N. chief's misinterpretation: president CNA 05 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Wednesday the United States has informed Taiwan that it disagrees with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's interpretation of the U.N. Resolution 2758 that Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
- U.S. concerned about U.N. Secretariat's biased interpretation: FM CNA 05 Sep 2007 -- The U.S. government is concerned about U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's misinterpretation of the gist of the U.N. Resolution 2758 as meaning that "Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China, " Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Wednesday.
- Chinese leader has no right to criticize Taiwan's democracy: minister CNA 05 Sep 2007 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao is not entitled to criticize Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on its bid to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Wednesday.
- Taiwan's U.N. bid unrelated to changing status quo: premier CNA 05 Sep 2007 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung reiterated Wednesday that the country's bid to join the United Nations under the name "Taiwan" does not involve the question of changing the cross-Taiwan Strait status quo.
- KMT will not back off from its U.N. bid CNA 02 Sep 2007 -- The main opposition Kuomintang's (KMT) presidential candidate denied Monday that he has felt pressure from any side over the party's push to hold a referendum on the country's membership at the United Nation, and said that he will continue promoting the party's campaign on the issue.
- U.N. accession a serious bid: president CNA 02 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Sunday that the country's efforts to seek membership at the United Nations are a painstaking yet serious mission that requires wholehearted support of the country's compatriots.
- U.S. urged to respect Taiwan democracy, people CNA 01 Sep 2007 -- The U.S. helped make Taiwan a democratic country and it is now time for the U.S. to respect Taiwan's democracy and the will of its people, academics said in a seminar Saturday.
- MOFA pledges not to yield to U.S. pressure on referendum bid CNA 01 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan will not compromise on its planned U.N. bid referendum, despite mounting pressure from the United States to give up the idea, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Friday.
- Taiwan independent, title changeable: president CNA 01 Sep 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian denied Friday a U.S. claim that Taiwan is "not a state" and reaffirmed his administration's determination to continue pushing for the country's inclusion in the United Nations under the name Taiwan.
- Taiwan's statehood beyond dispute: MOFA CNA 01 Sep 2007 -- Taiwan is an independent sovereign state and its statehood is beyond dispute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Wang Chien-yeh said Friday.
- 60% referendum votes for independence to bring recognition: DPP head CNA 01 Sep 2007 -- Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun said Saturday that if over 60 percent of Taiwanese people vote for Taiwan independence in a referendum regarding sovereignty issues, it would be easier for international society to recognize Taiwan as a nation.
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