Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- China represents both an opportunity and a threat: President Ma CNA 30 Jun 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that China represents both an opportunity and a threat, and that a good leader understands how to "maximize the opportunity while minimizing the threat."
- President lauds military's efforts in computerized war games CNA 26 Jun 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou lauded the Ministry of National Defense's efforts Thursday in organizing Taiwan's annual computer-simulated war games aimed at countering a possible invasion by Chinese forces.
- Cross-strait dialogue reduces risk of conflicts: Pentagon CNA 26 Jun 2008 -- The recent resumption of dialogue between Taiwan and China has helped lower the possibility of military conflicts in the Taiwan Strait, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
- De-militarizing Kinmen risky: premier CNA 19 Jun 2008 -- Rashly withdrawing troops from outlying Kinmen Island in the name of developing tourism would be risky, Premier Liu Chao-hsiung said Thursday
- President reasserts claim to Tiaoyutais, seeks peaceful solution CNA 17 Jun 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou reasserted Taiwan's sovereignty claim over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands Tuesday in his first public statement since a diplomatic row erupted with Japan after a Taiwanese recreational fishing boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel off the disputed island chain last week.
- Coast guard wants new vessels CNA 16 Jun 2008 -- The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Monday that it will submit an assessment to the Executive Yuan on the need for building new vessels to protect Taiwan's fishing boats operating in disputed waters.
- Cross-strait talks should be accelerated: president CNA 15 Jun 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday institutionalized negotiations across the Taiwan Strait should be accelerated to resolve many practical issues that the public have long anticipated.
- Taiwan wants international space: SEF chief tells Chinese president CNA 14 Jun 2008 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China expressed the country's desire for international maneuvering space during a rare meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao Friday.
- SEF head returns to Taiwan after signing accords with China CNA 14 Jun 2008 -- Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said on his return to Taiwan Saturday afternoon that the two agreements signed during his just-concluded Beijing visit were the first pacts inked in 15 years between the two sides
- MAC chief says government delivers on cross-strait promises CNA 13 Jun 2008 -- The agreements reached between Taiwan and China's negotiators in Beijing ensure that the government's two main cross-strait goals will be carried out as projected in July, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan said Friday.
- Taiwan, China sign pacts on weekend charter flights, tourism CNA 13 Jun 2008 -- Representatives of Taiwan and China officially sealed agreements Friday in Beijing paving the way for the July 4 launch of weekend direct cross-Taiwan Strait charter flights and allowing Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan from July 18.
- Taiwan, Chinese Negotiators Sign Agreement on Flights, Tourism VOA 13 Jun 2008 -- Negotiators from China and Taiwan have signed a deal to launch regular, direct flights between the longtime rivals
- Taiwan, China reach agreement on weekend charter services CNA 12 Jun 2008 -- Taiwan and China negotiators announced Thursday in Beijing they had reached an agreement on all provisions regarding the launch of weekend cross-Taiwan Strait charter flights.
- China's top negotiator with Taiwan invited to return visit CNA 12 Jun 2008 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China extended an invitation in Beijing Thursday to his Chinese counterpart to make a reciprocal visit to Taiwan later this year.
- Washington urged not to delay arms sales to Taiwan CNA 12 Jun 2008 -- The U.S.-Taiwan Business Council urged the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush Wednesday not to further delay the sale of an arms package that it promised Taiwan in 2001 or reject Taiwan's request to purchase additional F-16 aircraft.
- MOFA reasserts Taiwan's sovereignty over disputed islands CNA 12 Jun 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reasserted Thursday Taiwan's sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands and rebutted a report that claimed the ministry had instructed a Taiwanese coast guard vessel to "retreat" as it approached an area where a Taiwanese fishing boat had sunk after a collision with a Japanese patrol vessel.
- Cross-strait dialogue resumes CNA 12 Jun 2008 -- Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung held talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing Thursday, marking the resumption of cross-Taiwan Strait dialogue after a nine-year hiatus.
- China-Taiwan Relationship Showing Signs of Improvement VOA 12 Jun 2008 -- Representatives from often bitter rivals China and Taiwan are meeting in Beijing for the first formal talks in nearly a decade
- Dismantling missiles pre-condition for peace accord: president CNA 05 Jun 2008 -- China must first remove its missiles aimed at Taiwan if the two sides were to clinch a peace accord, a Japanese newspaper quoted Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou as saying Wednesday. "It is necessary for Taiwan and China to ink an agreement to perpetuate peace across the Taiwan Strait, but China must first dismantle its missiles targeting Taiwan," Ma said.
- China's goodwill does not mean lasting peace: defense minister CNA 04 Jun 2008 -- Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min said Wednesday that goodwill gestures by China do not mean lasting peace across the Taiwan Strait and that Taiwan's defense buildup will have to continue as scheduled.
- 'Diplomatic truce' with China not immediate priority: FM CNA 02 Jun 2008 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco H.L. Ou said Monday that discussions between Taipei and Beijing on a "diplomatic truce" will have to wait until there is positive interaction on economic and trade issues, but he suggested that Taiwan would no longer engage in a diplomatic tug-of-war with China.
- China urged to show good will by removing missiles CNA01 Jun 2008 -- Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung urged China Sunday to demonstrate "concrete good will" toward Taiwan by removing most of the missles targeting Taiwan.
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