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December 2007 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan's identity should not be sacrificed: foreign minister CNA 28 Dec 2007 -- Although Taiwan-U.S. relations have had their ups and downs over the past seven-and-a-half years and although differences between the two countries have grown greater as a result of Taiwan's U.N. bid under the name of Taiwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Friday at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) year-end press conference that overall, Taiwan-U.S. relations remain "sound, stable, close and friendly."
- Military personnel not allowed to stump for candidates: president CNA 27 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian reaffirmed Thursday that military personnel should maintain strict political neutrality and must refrain from stumping for any candidates in the approaching elections.
- Nearly 45% want to maintain status quo: poll CNA 26 Dec 2007 -- Nearly 45 percent of the people polled hope to maintain the status quo for the present and decide Taiwan's future later, according to the result of a public opinion poll published by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Wednesday.
- No change in status quo despite U.N. bid referendum: MOFA CNA 25 Dec 2007 -- Taiwan's planned referendum on pursuing U.N. membership under the name Taiwan will not alter the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Tuesday.
- China will not ease suppression because of Taiwan election: MOFA CNA 24 Dec 2007 -- Taiwan's upcoming presidential election will not cause China to relent in its obstruction of Taiwan internationally, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) officials predicted Monday.
- Taiwan condemns China's unilateral port inclusion CNA 22 Dec 2007 -- China's unilateral inclusion of Taiwanese ports into its IHR-certified port list would only expose its inability to fulfill its duty under the International Health Regulations (IHR), according to a Taiwan official posted in Geneva.
- Taiwan has no 'provocative policy': president CNA 22 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Saturday Taiwan has no "provocative policy" and only a policy that "respects the public will and acts according to the law."
- Site of former Shuinan airport transferred to Taichung city gov't CNA 22 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian presided over a ceremony held in the central Taiwan city of Taichung Saturday to mark the transference of a large plot of land in the greater Taichung area from the Air Force to the Taichung city government.
- Scholars comment on U.S. opposition to U.N. bid referendum CNA 22 Dec 2007 -- An Academia Sinica researcher said Saturday that he believes the United States' reiteration of its opposition to Taiwan's planned referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan is aimed at discouraging the Taiwanese people from passing the referendum.
- Taiwan urges U.S. not to overreact to U.N. bid referendum CNA 22 Dec 2007 -- The United States should not overreact to Taiwan's planned referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Saturday.
- U.S. to continue arms sales to Taiwan: Pentagon CNA 22 Dec 2007 -- The United States will continue its arms sales to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act to help Taiwan defend itself against China's military threat, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Friday.
- Taiwan Regrets US Opposition to Referendum Move VOA 22 Dec 2007 -- Taiwan's foreign minister expressed regret Saturday about remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opposing the island's referendum to join the United Nations.
- MND to shut down late presidents' mausoleums Monday CNA 21 Dec 2007 -- The administration of the mausoleums of the late presidents Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo formally notified the Taoyuan county government Friday that it will close the mausoleums from Monday in preparation for management transfer.
- MAC urges U.S. to heed Taiwan's desire for U.N. representation CNA 20 Dec 2007 -- The Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that a planned referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan is an expression of the collective will of Taiwan's people, and urged China and the United States to heed their voice.
- Taiwan capable of handling planned U.N. referendum properly: MOFA CNA 20 Dec 2007 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang called for the United States Thursday to "trust in the wisdom" of the Taiwan people, saying they are capable of properly handling a planned referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan.
- Presidential election law amended to allow recount CNA 20 Dec 2007 -- The Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Law was amended Thursday to allow a recount in a presidential election if the difference in the vote shares of the top two candidates falls within 0.3 percent.
- Taiwan, U.S. don't want differences to benefit China: minister CNA 19 Dec 2007 -- Republic of China Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said in New York City Tuesday that neither Taiwan nor the United States want to see China benefit from the friction in their relationship.
- U.N. bid referendum not aimed at declaring independence: Taiwan rep CNA 19 Dec 2007 -- Taiwan's planned referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan is not intended to declare independence or disrupt the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's representative to the United States Joseph Wu said Tuesday.
- Taiwan hopes U.S. will not follow China's thinking on U.N. bid CNA 18 Dec 2007 -- Taiwan is continuing communications with the United States in the hope that it will not follow China's rhetoric in thinking Taiwan's planned referendum on its U.N. bid is a step toward de jure Taiwan independence, the acting spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
- President again thanks U.S. for submarine sale CNA 18 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian again thanked the U.S. government Tuesday for approving the sale of eight diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan.
- Taiwan conveys concerns to U.S. about China's planned air route CNA 18 Dec 2007 -- Taiwan has conveyed its deep concerns to the U.S. State Department and relevant agencies regarding China's planned flight route close to the median of the Taiwan Strait, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) acting spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh said Tuesday.
- Military responsible for Taiwan Strait security: president CNA 18 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian urged the military Tuesday to shoulder its unshirkable responsibility to protect security in the Taiwan Strait.
- Defense Mission not affiliated with any political party: chief CNA 17 Dec 2007 -- The Republic of China Defense Mission to the United States serves only the country and has no affiliations with any political parties, Maj. Gen. Chen Ching-chon, chief of the mission, said Sunday.
- President defends U.N. referendum CNA 13 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian has said during an interview with a German weekly that Taiwan's holding of referendums on public policy issues of major concern is an indispensable step toward deepening the country's democratic institutions.
- President says he has no power to revoke referendum initiative CNA 13 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian reiterated during a recent media interview that a referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan will take place as planned, despite strong opposition from the United States and China.
- China's intimidation won't sway push for U.N. referendum: president CNA 13 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that China's intimidation will not sway the Taiwan people's resolve to push for a referendum on the country applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan.
- MND denies defense minister gave assurance to U.S. government CNA 12 Dec 2007 -- A Ministry of National Defense (MND) official denied Wednesday that Defense Minister Lee Tien-yu's ongoing Latin American visit is to assure the U.S. government that Taiwan will not do anything to disturb cross-Taiwan Strait ties.
- President rules out martial law, deferment of election CNA 11 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian has said he will not use anything as an excuse for imposing martial law.
- Taiwan's U.N. referendum causes trouble: AIT Chairman CNA 11 Dec 2007 -- All that Taiwan's United Nations (U.N.) referendum does is cause trouble, and it will box in Taiwan's next president, American Institute in Taipei Chairman Raymond Burghardt said Tuesday, reiterating the United States' opposition to the referendum
- AIT chairman's remarks aim at placating China: sources CNA 11 Dec 2007 -- American Institute in Taipei Chairman Raymond Burghardt's latest remarks were aimed at placating China, sources at the Presidential Office said Tuesday.
- DPP referendum not aimed at changing status quo: MOFA CNA 11 Dec 2007 -- The referendum called by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration on Taiwan's U. N. cause is not aimed at changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) James Huang asserted Tuesday.
- U.S. friendship keeping president from taking drastic move CNA 10 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Monday he has refrained from holding a defensive referendum over China's misinterpretation of U.N. Resolution No. 2758 after taking into consideration U.S. friendship for Taiwan.
- President calls for attention to China's threat against Taiwan CNA 08 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian urged the international community Saturday to pay attention to China's military threat against Taiwan, its attempts to diplomatically isolate the country, and its "united front" tactics.
- MOFA expresses serious concern about China's ADIZ plan in strait CNA 07 Dec 2007 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed serious concern Friday about China's plan to designate an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) within the Taiwan Strait.
- U.S. to continue to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons: official CNA 07 Dec 2007 -- The United States will continue to provide Taiwan with defensive weapons based on the Taiwan Relations Act as well as Taiwan's long-term defense needs, a U.S. State Department official said Thursday.
- U.S. obliged to make clear its position on referendum: official CNA 07 Dec 2007 -- The United States has an obligation to let the Taiwan people clearly understand its position on Taiwan's planned referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan, a U.S. State Department official said Thursday.
- U.N. bid referendum unrelated to independence: presidential aide CNA 07 Dec 2007 -- The upcoming referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan will be a referendum rejecting unification with China, rather than one pursuing independence for Taiwan, a Presidential Office official said Friday.
- President `cannot resist' referendum on U.N. bid CNA 07 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian claimed Friday that the nation's planned referendum to apply to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan is a movement from the grassroots and that he cannot buck the trend.
- U.S. opposition to Taiwan referendum could suffer backlash: president CNA 06 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that U.S. opposition to Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on applying to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan could trigger an emotional backlash from the Taiwan people and could be unfavorable to relations between the two countries.
- Carter Says China's Acceptance of Weapons Sales to Taiwan Key to Establishing China-US Relations VOA 06 Dec 2007 -- Former United States President Jimmy Carter has for the first time revealed passages from his private diary on the negotiations that established relations with China
- U.N. bid referendum to let people refuse unification: President CNA 05 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian has said Wednesday that a planned referendum on the government's bid to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan will allow the public to express their opposition to unification with China.
- U.N.-bid referendum won't alter cross-strait status quo: MOFA CNA 04 Dec 2007 -- A referendum to be held next March as part of the government's efforts to promote the country's quest for U.N. membership will not change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait or Taiwan's status, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a press statement released Monday.
- NSB deputy head resigns of own volition CNA 03 Dec 2007 -- The deputy head of the Special Service Center under the National Security Bureau (NSB) has decided to resign from his post and retire from public service of his own volition, according to an NSB news release issued late Sunday.
- President to promote an aboriginal colonel to rank of general CNA 03 Dec 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian has approved the promotion of an army colonel of the Ami tribe to the rank of major general later his month, Legislator Chen Shui-hui of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party said Monday.
- DPP candidate reaffirms no about-face on cross-strait policy CNA 01 Dec 2007 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate reiterated Saturday that if elected, he will not back away from his "open-door" stance on policy toward exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.
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