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May 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Varied channels of cross-strait dialogue benefit Taiwan: premier CNA 30 May 2008 -- Having a variety of negotiation channels between Taiwan and China, either through the government or the private sector, will be beneficial to Taiwan's national interests, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said Friday.
  • Premier maps out realistic diplomacy with flexibility CNA 30 May 2008 -- Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said in his first administrative report to the Legislative Yuan Friday that he will promote realistic diplomatic policies with pragmatism, dignity, independent thinking and flexibility.
  • Last 'Taiwan' stamps to be issued on Aug. 1 before using old name CNA 29 May 2008 -- The last set of stamps bearing the word "Taiwan, " instead of the nation's official name "Republic of China," will be issued on Aug. 1, officials responsible for postal affairs said Thursday.
  • Resumption of cross-strait talks meaningful: MAC chairwoman CNA 29 May 2008 -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan reaffirmed Thursday the significance of resuming talks across the Taiwan Strait, saying that President Ma Ying- jeou would be "very pleased to see such interaction."
  • Taiwan, China should not rush into agreements: ex-premier Hsieh CNA 29 May 2008 -- Former Premier Frank Hsieh said Thursday that governments on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should have patience in dealing with cross-strait exchanges and should not rush into any agreements.
  • Taiwan, China to resume semi-official talks in mid June CNA 29 May 2008 -- Talks between Taiwan and China will reopen June 11 for the first time in 10 years, Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the quasi-official Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) , announced Thursday.
  • U.S. welcomes dialogue between Taiwan, China CNA 29 May 2008 -- The United States is cautiously optimistic about the recent positive developments across the Taiwan Strait that have unfolded following the meeting between leaders of ruling parties of both sides, a U.S. military official said Wednesday
  • National Security Bureau denies wiretapping president CNA 28 May 2008 -- A senior official of the National Security Bureau (NSB) denied Wednesday that its agents were wiretapping the telephone calls of government officials, including President Ma Ying-jeou.
  • China promises to resume cross-strait dialogue: KMT chief CNA 28 May 2008 -- The head of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has promised to resume the long-stalled dialogue between the two quasi-official intermediary bodies on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait as soon as possible, Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said Wednesday.
  • KMT chairman calls for resumption of cross-strait dialogue CNA 27 May 2008 -- Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung called for the resumption of dialogue between China's Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation Tuesday.
  • Former president sues defense minister over shooting 'gaffe' CNA 27 May 2008 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian filed a slander suit against Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min Tuesday after the minister insinuated that Chen Shui-bian staged his own assassination attempt to try to win sympathy votes on the eve of the 2004 presidential election.
  • Former president to file suit against defense minister CNA 26 May 2008 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian will file a defamation suit against Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min after the latter implied that the assassination attempt on the eve of the 2004 presidential election was staged, a former legislator said Monday.
  • Taiwan officially asks China to resume talks CNA 26 May 2008 -- Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announced Monday that it has sent an official letter to its Chinese counterpart asking to "resume talks" based on the "1992 Consensus, " sparking hopes that the resumption of talks between Taiwan and China may be imminent.
  • National defense affairs to be more open: minister CNA 26 May 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will make its operations more transparent in an effort to help all Taiwan citizens better understand the nation's defense policies and responsibilities, the new Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min vowed Monday.
  • Taiwan Ruling Party Chief Arrives in China VOA 26 May 2008 -- The head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party has arrived in China for a landmark visit, the island's highest-level of contact with communist Chinese leaders in nearly 60 years.
  • Taiwan, China set to make progress on cross-strait ties: President CNA 24 May 2008 -- Both Taiwan and Mainland China should have the acumen to resolve immediate issues, such as launch of the direct cross-strait charter flights, President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday, stressing that only when this happens will cross strait relations progress.
  • MAC head doesn't rule out visiting China CNA 23 May 2008 -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan said Friday that she would not rule out the possibility of visiting China under the principles of equality, dignity and need.
  • Defense minister insists former president's shooting was staged CNA 23 May 2008 -- Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min insisted Friday on his claim that the March 19, 2004 shooting of former President Chen Shui-bian was staged.
  • Former president to sue defense minister over 319 shooting claim CNA 23 May 2008 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian will file a defamation suit against Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min next week over the minister's claim that the March 19, 2004 shooting of the former president was staged, the former president's attorney said Friday.
  • Defense officials concerned about opening eight Taiwan airports CNA 22 May 2008 -- Ranking Ministry of National Defense (MND) officials were reserved Thursday about the Executive Yuan's plans to open Taiwan's eight major airports for direct weekend cross-strait charter flight services.
  • Beijing looking forward to resumption of cross-strait talks: official CNA 22 May 2008 -- Beijing is looking forward to the resumption of dialogue with Taiwan to build a new framework for the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations, a Chinese official in charge of Taiwan affairs said via the state-controlled Xinhua news agency in Beijing Thursday.
  • Military personnel to be cut to 200,000: new defense minister CNA 21 May 2008 -- New Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min confirmed Wednesday that his ministry will continue streamlining the military, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of military personnel to 200,000.
  • Taiwan to review submarine-purchasing policy CNA 21 May 2008 -- Taiwan's new Defense Minister Chen Chao-min said Wednesday that the Ministry of National Defense (MND) will review the country's submarine purchasing policy as such procurements are currently too "time and effort consuming."
  • Taiwan not to engage in arms race with China: president CNA 21 May 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that Taiwan will not engage in an arms race with China and will never purchase or develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
  • President Ma Ying-jeou's inaugural address CNA 20 May 2008 -- The following is the full text of President Ma Ying-jeou's inaugural address
  • Ma Ying-jeou sworn in as president CNA 20 May 2008 -- Ma Ying-jeou was sworn in as the Republic of China (Taiwan)'s new president Tuesday, amid high hopes that he will improve the island's economy and relations with China.
  • President calls for 'win-win' cross-strait relations CNA 20 May 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou extended an olive branch to China Tuesday, calling for cross-strait reconciliation after years of chilly relations to achieve a "win-win' situation for relations across the Taiwan Strait.
  • Taiwan's New President Pledges Better Relations with China VOA 20 May 2008 -- Taiwan's newly-inaugurated president has called for a resumption of dialogue with China.
  • Taiwan's Premier, Cabinet resign en masse CNA 14 May 2008 -- Taiwan's Prime Minister Chang Chun-hsiung and his 76 Cabinet members resigned en masse Wednesday, beginning the process of ending eight years of rule by the administration of outgoing President Chen Shui-bian.
  • Taiwanese-American Pleads Guilty to Spying for China VOA 13 May 2008 -- The U.S. Justice Department says a Taiwanese-American man has pleaded guilty to spying for the Chinese government.
  • MND to create safer global environment for Taiwan: officials CNA 12 May 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday released its 2008 National Defense Report, with MND Vice Minister Lieutenant General Lin Yu-pao pledging to create a safer and more stable international environment for Taiwan through "reliable national defense."
  • Security chief-designate vows to serve with 'honesty', 'expertise' CNA 12 May 2008 -- National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general-designate Su Chi pledged Monday to serve in his new post with "honesty" and "expertise."
  • Security & intelligence personnel said to remain unchanged for now CNA 11 May 2008 -- National security and intelligence personnel will not undergo a major reshuffle for the time being, sources close to President-elect Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday.
  • Taiwan's "Chinese Taipei" proposal shocks experts CNA 10 May 2008 -- Public health experts said Saturday that they were shocked by President-elect Ma Ying-jeou's suggestion that Taiwan should apply for observer status in the World Health Assembly (WHA) under the name "Chinese Taipei" and hope to communicate with the new government soon.
  • Deputy defense minister resigns CNA 06 May 2008 -- Deputy Defense Minister Ko Chen-heng has resigned over his implication in a high-profile diplomatic scandal, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday in a press statement.
  • Taiwan needs pragmatic defense strategy: U.S. academic CNA 06 May 2008 -- Taiwan needs a pragmatic defense strategy to create greater collaboration with the United States and ease concern in the U.S. about Taiwan's defense approach, a U.S. academic said Tuesday in Taipei
  • Defense minister's Taiping Island visit canceled CNA 05 May 2008 -- Defense Minister Michael M. Tsai's planned inspection tour of the remote Taiping Island in the South China Sea on May 7 has been canceled due to poor weather conditions, Deputy Defense Minister Lin Chen-yi said Monday.

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