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January 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Referendum failures help ease Taiwan-U.S. tensions: VP Lu CNA 29 Jan 2008 -- The failure of the two latest referendums held by Taiwan should have eased Taiwan-U.S. tensions triggered by their differences over the referendum issue, ROC Vice President Annette Lu said Tuesday.
- President rejects Cabinet's resignation CNA 28 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian retained Chang Chun-hsiung as premier Monday, rejecting a resignation letter Chang tendered on behalf of the entire Cabinet last week ahead of the inauguration of the seventh Legislative Yuan.
- WHO board passes Chinese amendment to IHR-related draft bill CNA 23 Jan 2008 -- The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) passed a China-proposed amendment to a draft bill regarding implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Wednesday by a vote of 25-3, thereby nullifying an alternative pro-Taiwan proposal.
- KMT might introduce resolution on U.N. bid to solve disputes CNA 23 Jan 2008 -- The main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) is considering inviting Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng to introduce a bill in the Legislative Yuan urging the government to apply for or regain U.N. membership under the name Republic of China, as a measure to solve the U.N. bid referendum disputes, a party official said Wednesday.
- KMT unlikely to back DPP's U.N. referendum: Ma CNA 23 Jan 2008 -- Main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou has said that he and the KMT will not support the U.N. referendum proposed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) given world criticism of the referendum as a move to push for formal independence.
- Cabinet to resign en masse Jan. 24 CNA 23 Jan 2008 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung's Cabinet will resign en masse at a provisional meeting scheduled for Jan. 24 afternoon, a Cabinet official said Wednesday.
- Ex-U.S. security adviser confident about U.S.-Taiwan relations CNA 23 Jan 2008 -- The fundamental aspects of U.S.-Taiwan relations are good and solid, and people should look at them with a broader vision than focusing on small differences, a former U.S. official said in Taipei Wednesday.
- Taiwan condemns China for blocking health regulations participation CNA 22 Jan 2008 -- Taiwan officials in Geneva condemned what they called China's intensifying suppression of Taiwan Monday in the wake of Beijing's latest move to obstruct the country's participation in the International Health Regulations (IHR).
- President assures former U.S. official of peaceful power transfer CNA 22 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday that Taiwan will have a smooth presidential election March 22 and a peaceful power transfer.
- President calls on special agents to maintain neutrality CNA 21 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian on Monday called on special service agents in charge of protecting the presidential and vice presidential candidates ahead of the March 22 election to maintain strict neutrality.
- President calls for security personnel to maintain neutrality CNA 21 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian on Monday called on scurity service personnel who are in charge of protecting the presidential and vice presidential candidates for the March 22 presidential election, to maintain strict neutrality.
- Taiwan Excluded From International Health Meetings VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Taiwan warns the international community could be at heightened risk from diseases such as avian influenza because it is prevented from attending meetings on important health issues because of pressure from China
- DPP candidate supports both U.N. bid referendums CNA 18 Jan 2008 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) presidential candidate said Thursday in a TV interview that he would vote in favor of the two referendums -- including one proposed by the opposition Kuomingtang -- that will be held along with the March 22 presidential election.
- Taiwan Strait is int'l waters, says US military commander CNA 17 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. military's Asia-Pacific commander said Thursday the Taiwan Strait is international waters and the U.S. military can exercise its free right of passage whenever it chooses
- China won't stop suppressing Taiwan no matter who's president: Chen CNA 17 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday on a weekly online newsletter published by the Presidential Office that China will not stop suppressing Taiwan no matter who wins the presidency in the March 22 election.
- No U.S.-Chinese warship standoff in Taiwan Strait: U.S. official CNA 16 Jan 2008 -- There were no incidents when the Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier battle group navigated through the Taiwan Strait last November, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday.
- President slams China's 'three termination' policy against Taiwan CNA 15 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian lashed out at China Monday for its "three termination" diplomatic strategy against Taiwan in denouncing African ally Malawi's switching of diplomatic recognition to Beijing.
- Chinese air force activities increase across Taiwan Strait CNA 15 Jan 2008 -- China's Air Force has been increasingly active over the sea area on the western side of the Taiwan Strait's median line over the past few years, said a spokesman for the Republic of China Air Force Command Headquarters Tuesday.
- Lopsided KMT election victory changes Taiwan's political map CNA 13 Jan 2008 -- The Jan. 12 legislative elections have changed Taiwan's political map so drastically that the next legislature will be mainly a bipartisan arena, with the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) holding atwo-thirds majority in a downsized but more powerful legislature.
- DPP candidate vows to win 2008 presidential race CNA 13 Jan 2008 -- The presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) , which suffered a humiliating defeat in the just-concluded legislative elections, vowed Sunday to win the 2008 presidential race or bow out of politics.
- Voter turnout lower than expected at roughly 58.3%: CEC CNA 13 Jan 2008 -- Voter turnout in Saturday's legislative elections was lower than expected at 58.3 percent, even lower than the 59.2 percent turnout in the 2004 legislative polls, according to official tallies released by the Central Election Commission (CEC) late Saturday.
- President Chen resigns as DPP chairman (update) CNA 12 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian announced his resignation as chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Saturday after the party suffered humiliating losses in the legislative elections.
- KMT swept to victory in most counties, cities in Taiwan CNA 12 Jan 2008 -- Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) won all legislative seats in Taipei city and Taichung city, as well as the counties of Taoyuan, Miaoli, Changhua, Nantou and Yulin during elections Saturday.
- President mum on severe thrashing of his party in legislative race CNA 12 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian declined to answer questions Saturday about who should take responsibility for the huge defeat suffered by his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the legislative elections.
- Two referendums fail to pass CNA 12 Jan 2008 -- The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Saturday that both referendum proposals held alongside the legislative elections had failed to pass because they did not clear the first hurdle that requires half of the eligible voters to cast ballots.
- Backgrounder: China-Taiwan Relations cfr.org 11 Jan 2008
- Rejecting referendum ballots is 'anti-democratic': president CNA 10 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has hurt Taiwan's democracy by urging voters to reject referendum ballots in the Jan. 12 legislative elections.
- MOFA downplays issue of President's transit through U.S. CNA 10 Jan 2008 -- Taiwan does not hold "unrealistic expectations" regarding the location of President Chen Shui-bian's transit stops in the United States, should he decide to attend the inauguration ceremony of Guatemala's President-elect Alvaro Colom Jan. 14, Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) James Huang said Thursday.
- Taiwan, U.S. will continue to be strong allies: U.S. congressman CNA 09 Jan 2008 -- U.S. congressmen Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) expressed Wednesday their respect for the Taiwan people's decision to determine their future and to hold referendums, but avoided voicing a specific position on the referendums scheduled to be held alongside the Jan. 12 legislative elections and the March 22 presidential election.
- Visiting U.S. congressman gives assurances on Taiwan-U.S. relations CNA 09 Jan 2008 -- A visiting U.S. congressman said Wednesday that the friendship between Taiwan and the United States "will remain solid" no matter which candidate is elected as the next U.S. president.
- China might further isolate Taiwan after legislative polls: MOFA CNA 09 Jan 2008 -- China might make further attempts to isolate Taiwan in the world's diplomatic arena after Saturday's legislative elections, Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) James Huang said Wednesday.
- No unusual Chinese military movements detected ahead of polls: MND CNA 08 Jan 2008 -- Taiwan's intelligence units have not detected any unusual movements by China's military ahead of the Jan. 12 legislative elections in Taiwan, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
- U.N. referendum 'rejection of unification': president CNA 02 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian has said the upcoming referendum on the country's bid to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan is aimed at rejecting unification with China rather than moving toward de facto Taiwan independence.
- Overreliance on China will not solve Taiwan's problem: president CNA 01 Jan 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday that China is a vast and important market, but not the only market, and overreliance on China will not solve Taiwan's problem.
- President's 2008 New Year's Day Address CNA 01 Jan 2008 -- The following is the full text of President Chen Shui-bian's 2008 New Year's Day Address.
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