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November 2007 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- MND declines to comment on U.S. aircraft carrier in Taiwan Strait CNA 30 Nov 2007 -- Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman Maj. Gen. Yu Sy-tue declined Friday to comment on the reported passage through the Taiwan Strait of a U.S. aircraft carrier en route to Japan last week after it was denied entry to Hong Kong.
- Retired NSB official accused of disclosing secrets released CNA 29 Nov 2007 -- The Taipei District Court rejected Thursday an application by prosecutors to detain a retired National Security Bureau (NSB) official for allegedly revealing national secrets in a book he recently published.
- China to pay dearly for invasion of Taiwan CNA 28 Nov 2007 -- It will be, at best, a Pyrrhic victory for China if they dare to invade Taiwan, Minister of Defense Lee Tien-yu said Wednesday.
- People across Taiwan Strait become increasingly distant: poll CNA 28 Nov 2007 -- The hearts and minds of people across the Taiwan Strait have become increasingly distant since the two sides began exchanges 20 years ago, according to results of a public opinion poll released Wednesday.
- MOFA regrets French president's opposition to U.N. referendum CNA 28 Nov 2007 -- Foreign Minister James Huang has expressed the country's regrets over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's opposition to Taiwan's planned referendum on the country's U.N. membership bid, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
- MND to publish China's military movement prior to major elections CNA 26 Nov 2007 -- Minister of National Defense Lee Tien-yu promised Monday that the ministry will publish weekly reports about the latest military movement of China one month prior to two major elections next year.
- MAC cautions against China's united-front tactics against Taiwan CNA 24 Nov 2007 -- China has manipulated almost every cross-Taiwan Strait exchange activity to try to win over the Taiwan people with its united-front tactics, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Liu Te-hsun said Friday.
- No contradiction in cross-strait trade policy: DPP candidate CNA 13 Nov 2007 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh said Tuesday that his call for more open cross-strait trade relations does not contradict the policies of the current administration.
- KMT candidate to seek cross-strait peace accord if elected CNA 12 Nov 2007 -- Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that if elected, he will seek to end the hostile stand-off across the Taiwan Strait and sign a peace accord between Taiwan and China.
- U.S. Congress members call for support for Taiwan's U.N. bid CNA 10 Nov 2007 -- A group of 19 members of the U.S. House of Representatives jointly put forth a resolution Thursday in support of Taiwan's membership in international organizations, including the United Nations.
- U.S. envoy reiterates opposition to Taiwan's U.N. referendum CNA 09 Nov 2007 -- The U.S. government opposes Taiwan's planned referendum on whether to apply for U.N. membership under the name Taiwan because it is "not necessary nor helpful, " but the U.S. has no intention of infringing on Taiwan people's right to exercise their democratic will, the top U.S. envoy in Taipei said Friday.
- Premier once again denies development of nuclear weapons CNA 09 Nov 2007 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung once again categorically denied Friday that Taiwan has plans to "develop, produce or acquire" nuclear weapons.
- Defense minister returns from low-key visit to Taiping Island CNA 06 Nov 2007 -- Defense Minister Lee Tien-yu said Tuesday upon his return from an inspection tour of a road expansion project on the Taiwan-held Taiping Island in the South China Sea that he had expressed his appreciation for the military personnel tasked with carrying out the work during his visit.
- Basic training camps to get air conditioners: MND CNA 05 Nov 2007 -- The installation of air conditioners at 10 military basic training camps is intended to give newly enlisted men time to adapt to their new environment, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Monday.
- U.S. defense chief's China visit focuses on military issue: MAC CNA 05 Nov 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is making his first visit to China since assuming post, is expected to focus on the issue of China's military build-up, which has raised concerns in the United States concerning Beijing's intentions, an official of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
- MOFA urges U.S. to clarify Pentagon statement CNA 05 Nov 2007 -- The U.S. government should clarify its stance on a Pentagon press statement which claims that the United States supports peaceful unification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) urged in a news release Monday.
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