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April 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Supreme Court clears President-elect of corruption charges CNA 24 Apr 2008 -- President-elect Ma Ying-jeou was acquitted Thursday by the Supreme Court of charges of corruption and breach of trust related to the use of a special allowance fund during his term as Taipei mayor from 1998 to 2006.
- Raytheon Awarded $79 Million To Upgrade Taiwan's Patriot Air and Missile Defense Capabilities Raytheon 23 Apr 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a $79 million Foreign Military Sales award from the U.S. Army to provide Taiwan with Patriot Configuration-3 radar upgrade kits and related engineering and technical services.
- President lauds production of Taiwan-made armored vehicle CNA 18 Apr 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian lauded military personnel Friday for successfully producing Taiwan's first locally developed armored vehicles during a 40-minute visit to a production facility center in the central county of Nantou.
- Mutual non-denial the best solution to cross-strait dispute: Ma CNA 18 Apr 2008 -- President-elect Ma Ying-jeou reiterated Friday that "mutual non-denial" is the best approach the dispute with Beijing over Taiwan's sovereignty and said the two sides should first deal with issues more urgent than their political differences.
- KMT's win does not represent loss of Taiwan-centric line: MAC CNA 18 Apr 2008 -- The decisive victory of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) in the March 22 presidential election represented a victory for everyone in Taiwan but not a defeat of the Taiwan-centric political line, a high-ranking Taiwanese official said Thursday at the Taiwanese American Center in New York.
- President says Taiwan's future should be decided by residents CNA 17 Apr 2008 -- Restating that China and Taiwan are two separate countries, President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that only the 23 million inhabitants of Taiwan have the right to decide the future of their island.
- China must face up to Taiwan's democracy: MAC official CNA 17 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's democracy is very valuable in cross-Taiwan Strait relations, and Beijing has to adjust its policy in view of Taiwan's achievements in democratization, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Tung Chen-yuan said Wednesday.
- NSC express regret over news reports on simulated war games CNA 16 Apr 2008 -- The National Security Council (NSC) on Wednesday described as regrettable reports that alleged this year's computerized warfare simulation revolves around a scenario of President-elect Ma Ying-jeou being assassinated before his May 20 inauguration.
- FM declines to comment on possible impact of Siew-Hu meeting CNA 14 Apr 2008 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang declined Monday to comment on the possible impact on Taiwan's diplomatic situation that could be the result of the historic meeting between Vice President-elect Vincent Siew and Chinese President Hu Jintao over the weekend.
- KMT deputy chairman to be Taiwan's chief negotiator with China CNA 14 Apr 2008 -- President-elect Ma Ying-jeou confirmed Monday that he will name Kuomintang (KMT) Deputy Chairman Chiang Pin-kung as head of the quasi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) , and that efforts to push for talks between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will begin after his inauguration May 20.
- VP-elect's meeting with Chinese leader helpful: KMT lawmaker CNA 13 Apr 2008 -- An opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislative caucus leader said Sunday that although it was yet unclear what results the meeting between Taiwan's vice President-elect and the Chinese president would produce, the exchange was definitely conducive to the development of cross-strait ties in the future.
- VP-elect satisfied with China's treatment at Boao forum CNA 13 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's Vice President-elect Vincent Siew said late Saturday that he was satisfied with courteous reception that China has accorded him at an economic forum being held in the southern Chinese resort of Boao in Hainan province.
- VP-elect's China visit should benefit all: spokesman CNA 13 Apr 2008 -- Vice President-elect Vincent Siew is expected to return home bearing the fruits of his China visit, which should benefit all fellow citizens, not just his own party or any specific individual, an official said Sunday.
- Vice President-elect returns to Taiwan from China CNA 13 Apr 2008 -- Vice President Vincent Siew returned to Taipei late Sunday from a three-day forum in Hainan province, southern China.
- VP-elect brings up 4 requests in historic talks with Chinese leader CNA 12 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's Vice President-elect Vincent Siew brought up four requests in his historic talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao Saturday, with improving economic relations as main focus, according to Siew's spokesman.
- VP-elect meets Chinese president for historic talks CNA 12 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's Vice President-elect Vincent Siew met with Chinese President Hu Jintao Saturday for the highest-level political contact across the Taiwan Strait in more than five decades.
- China's President Hu, Taiwan's Vice President Meet VOA 12 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's incoming vice president, Vincent Siew, met briefly Saturday with Chinese President Hu Jintao during a regional forum in China.
- President-elect declines to attend simulated war games CNA 08 Apr 2008 -- The Presidential Office on Tuesday said it regretted that President-elect Ma Ying-jeou couldn't take part in this year's computerized warfare simulation to learn more about the operation of the nation's security system.
- MND has followed precedents in arranging trip for outgoing president CNA 08 Apr 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday that it has "followed precedents" in arranging for Taiwan's outgoing president to pay a visit to the military before leaving office.
- Secrecy of war games is reason for Ma not attending: spokesman CNA 08 Apr 2008 -- President-elect Ma Ying-jeou has declined an invitation to attend this year's computerized warfare simulation because he believes it should be top secrets and open exclusively to the president and his subordinates, Ma's spokesman Lo Chih-chiang said Tuesday.
- Taiwan looks forward to purchasing F-16 C/D fighters from U.S. CNA 07 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's lawmakers and the military are looking forward to purchasing 66 F-16 C/D fighters from the United States for the Republic of China Air Force, despite their disagreement over why the proposed deal, reportedly approved by Washington in 2006, has failed to materialize.
- No plans for missile base on Kinmen: MND CNA 05 Apr 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has formally informed the Kinmen county government that the military has no plans to establish a missile base on the outlying island.
- President-elect unlikely to visit U.S. before taking office CNA 05 Apr 2008 -- A former high-ranking U.S. official expressed doubt Friday that President-elect Ma Ying-jeou will be invited to visit Washington D.C. prior to his May 20 inauguration.
- Ma continues to define China as "mainland area" CNA 04 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's president-elect Ma Ying-jeou reiterated Friday his "mutual non-denial" position in dealing with Beijing and said China will continue to be defined as the "mainland area" in the law governing relations across the Taiwan Strait.
- Ma: Taiwan to join international organizations under 'Chinese Taipei' CNA 04 Apr 2008 -- Taiwan's President-elect Ma Ying-jeou signaled his intention Friday to employ pragmatism and flexibility in his foreign policy, stating that "Chinese Taipei" is an acceptable name for Taiwan to use in international organizations, a suggestion that represented a significant departure from the position of the current administration.
- MOFA willing to help president-elect arrange U.S. visit CNA 03 Apr 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is very willing to help President-elect Ma Ying-jeou arrange a visit to the United States prior to his May 20 inauguration if Ma's office raises such a request, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Thursday.
- Taiwan faces four potential crises: legislative speaker CNA 02 Apr 2008 -- Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Wednesday that the incoming administration of President-elect Ma Ying-jeou will face four crises, including a dire financial situation.
- President-elect's U.S. visit still being negotiated: spokesman CNA 02 Apr 2008 -- The office of President-elect Ma Ying-jeou is still negotiating with the U.S. government over his request to visit the United States before his May 20 inauguration, one of Ma's aides said Wednesday.
- President, president-elect debate '1992 consensus' CNA 01 Apr 2008 -- President Chen Shui-bian and President-elect Ma Ying-jeou of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) exchanged divergent views Tuesday of the so-called "1992 consensus, " which has been proposed as the basis for Taiwan and China to resume stalled dialogue.
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