Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- U.S. secretary of state reiterates opposition to Taiwan referendum CNA 27 Feb 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterated Tuesday Washington's opposition to Taiwan's upcoming referendum on joining the United Nations under the name "Taiwan."
- A SMART Strategy for National Security Kuomintang News Network 26 Feb 2008 -- A Speech before the Association for the Promotion of National Security by Ma Ying-jeou.
- `China will not lessen oppression of Taiwan': president CNA 26 Feb 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian predicted Tuesday that China will not lessen its oppression of Taiwan, no matter who is elected as Taiwan's new president.
- President urges voters to back referendums on U.N. bid CNA 26 Feb 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian called on local voters Tuesday to give strong backing to two referendums on Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations that will be held alongside the March 22 presidential election.
- MND to allow as many servicemen to vote as possible: new chief CNA 25 Feb 2008 -- Newly appointed Defense Minister Tsai Ming-shian said Monday that the ministry will let as many military servicemen as possible exercise their right to vote in the March 22 presidential election
- New defense minister takes office CNA 25 Feb 2008 -- Tsai Ming-shian took over as defense minister Monday, making him the first defense chief to be appointed from the ranks of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
- U.S. should view Taiwan as constructive partner: Foreign Minister CNA 25 Feb 2008 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang urged the United States Monday to view Taiwan as its constructive partner and provide incentives to boost bilateral trade and exchanges at a time when relations are seen to be dangerously drifting
- President defends 'private channel' for arms procurement CNA 24 Feb 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Sunday that there are precedents in foreign countries to make arms procurements via privately run companies.
- Foreign Ministry takes U.S. report as reference CNA 24 Feb 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take as a reference a U.S. think tank report urging the United States to rebuild a bilateral agenda with Taiwan, and will continue to communicate with Washington, Ministry spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh said Sunday.
- Government will not invest in 'Taiwan Goal' defense firm: Cabinet CNA 23 Feb 2008 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung has issued an instruction that no government funds will be used to bankroll a controversial joint venture defense company, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Chin-jun said Saturday.
- New defense minister to withdraw from presidential campaign CNA 23 Feb 2008 -- Defense Minister-designate Tsai Ming-hsian will withdraw from campaigning for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential ticket after assuming his new post, a close friend of Tsai said Saturday
- Washington urged to rebuild bilateral agenda with Taiwan CNA 23 Feb 2008 -- The United States should re-establish a positive bilateral agenda with Taiwan by helping it expand its international participation in order to maintain regional stability, according to a report released Friday by the U.S.-based American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).
- New defense minister appointed CNA 23 Feb 2008 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung has appointed former Vice Defense Minister Tsai Ming-shian to replace Minister of National Defense Lee Tien-yu, who resigned earlier in the day, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Chin-jun announced Saturday.
- Premier approves defense minister's resignation CNA 23 Feb 2008 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung has approved the resignation of Minister of National Defense Lee Tien-yu, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Chin-jun announced Saturday.
- Defense minister offers to resign CNA 23 Feb 2008 -- Minister of National Defense Lee Tien-yu offered to resign in a news release posted on the ministry's Web site Saturday.
- Opposition lawmakers blast arms company CNA 22 Feb 2008 -- Legislators from the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) derided Friday the government's justification of a newly established defense company named Taiwan Goal.
- KMT will not rule out reinvestigating `319' shooting CNA 21 Feb 2008 -- The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) will not rule out the possibility of re-opening the investigation into the "319" shooting on the eve of the 2004 presidential election that injured President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu, KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said Thursday.
- KMT will not exclude presenting resolution on U.N. bid CNA 21 Feb 2008 -- Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said Thursday that his party will not exclude presenting a resolution in the legislature on Taiwan's desire to join the United Nations.
- President calls for support for U.N. bid referendums CNA 21 Feb 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian urged the country's citizens Thursday to put aside their political differences to vote for the two upcoming referendums on the country's bid to be accepted into the United Nations.
- U.S. congressmen call for abolition of 'one China' policy CNA 21 Feb 2008 -- A group of nine members of the U.S. Congress sent a joint letter to President George W. Bush Tuesday calling on him to abolish what they called an "obsolete" "one China" policy, which they said would make China incorrectly estimate the situation.
- AIDC to develop new generation of fighters CNA 20 Feb 2008 -- Taiwan's state-controlled Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) unveiled Tuesday its plan to develop a new generation of fighters that meet the country's future defense needs.
- MND should not fund private arms company: official CNA 20 Feb 2008 -- A Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Wednesday that he has suggested to Defense Minister Lee Tien-yu that it is not appropriate for the ministry to fund a private arms firm, Taiwan Goal, which was set up last month to deal with Taiwan's arms deals with other countries.
- Prosecutors undecided on whether to probe defense company CNA 19 Feb 2008 -- The Special Investigation Task Force (SITF) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office remains undecided on whether to probe a newly established defense company known as Taiwan Goal, a spokesman for the panel said Tuesday.
- No unusual movement by Chinese military forces detected: MND CNA 19 Feb 2008 -- No unusual movement by Chinese military forces has been detected amid the heat of presidential campaign in Taiwan, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Tuesday at a news conference Tuesday.
- Military procurement should be overseen by legislature: speaker CNA 15 Feb 2008 -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Friday that it would be "more normal and reasonable" if military procurement and related industries, which are important to national security, can be overseen by the legislature.
- Premier defends controversial private defense company CNA 15 Feb 2008 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung reaffirmed Friday that the controversial establishment of a private company to handle Taiwan's foreign arms transactions was appropriate and necessary to "develop an independent defense industry."
- Premier confirms defense company establishment CNA 14 Feb 2008 -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung confirmed Thursday that a defense company has been established with investment from various government agencies and state-owned corporations, but stressed that it was a private company.
- Taiwan-U.S. relations of paramount importance: foreign minister CNA 12 Feb 2008 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang reiterated Tuesday that U.S.-Taiwan relations are of "paramount importance" in Taiwan's diplomacy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will continue to communicate with the U.S. on Taiwan's U.N. bid referendum.
- KMT bigwig denies existence of '3rd U.N.-bid referendum' CNA 12 Feb 2008 -- A legislative bigwig of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) categorically denied Tuesday that there was a "third referendum proposal" regarding Taiwan's bid to enter the United Nations.
- MND to check if alleged spy got information on defense system CNA 12 Feb 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has formed a task force to determine if an alleged Chinese spy arrested in the United States offered Beijing information about a new air defense system that it intends to purchase from Washington, the ministry said Tuesday in a news release.
- Analysis: Discord in the Strait cfr.org 10 Feb 2008 -- March 22 looks to be a big day in Taiwan
- Russia warns Taiwan's UN referendum threatens regional security RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2008 -- Taiwan's plans to hold a referendum on joining the United Nations could jeopardize regional stability, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, echoing China's concerns on the issue.
- U.S., China more concerned with referendums than presidential race CNA 04 Feb 2008 -- Results of the two referendum proposals regarding Taiwan's bid for membership in the United Nations -- not the results of Taiwan's presidential election -- are of greatest concern to China and the United States, academics said at a recent seminar.
- Taiwan willing to talk with neighbors on proposed Spratly Initiative CNA 04 Feb 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will negotiate with Southeast Asian nations on the disputed Spratly Islands based on a Spratly Initiative introduced Saturday by President Chen Shui-bian, Minister James Huang said Monday.
- President proposes Spratly Initiative on Taiping Island visit CNA 02 Feb 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian came up with a Spratly Initiative Saturday during a visit to the Taiwan-held Taiping Island in the South Chin Sea, urging all surrounding countries to cooperate in regional environmental protection instead of bickering over sovereignty claims.
- CNA 02 Feb 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Saturday that construction of a runway on the remote Taiping Island in the South China Sea is mainly for humanitarian purposes.
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