Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
July 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Wanan drill will not be held at night: defense authorities CNA 31 Jul 2008 -- An air raid drill that was originally scheduled to be held next Tuesday night in the northern Taiwan region will be staged in the daytime instead.
- U.S. has not frozen arms sales to Taiwan: speaker CNA 30 Jul 2008 -- Visiting Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Tuesday in Washington, D.C. that the U.S. government has not decided to freeze arms sales to Taiwan.
- Acquiring subs from U.S. a top priority: defense ministry CNA 28 Jul 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) is so far not aware of plans by Taiwan to build submarines locally, and acquiring subs from the United States remains the top priority in Taiwan's submarine fleet development program, the MND spokeswoman said Monday.
- Legislative speaker confident U.S. will proceed with arms sales CNA 28 Jul 2008 -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said in the U.S. capital Sunday that he is fully confident that the Bush administration will proceed with arms sales to Taiwan after the Beijing Olympics.
- Timing at issue on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan: new ROC representative CNA 25 Jul 2008 -- Taiwan's new representative to the United States said Friday in Taipei that timing is the main concern regarding U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, adding that he had not heard that the Bush administration will freeze the deal and that his top priority after assuming the post will be to push the weapons package through the U.S. Congress.
- U.S. expert sees arms sales to Taiwan moving forward in coming weeks CNA 25 Jul 2008 -- A top U.S. expert on cross-Taiwan Strait affairs said Thursday that he expects the Bush administration to begin the process of transferring an array of defensive weapons to Taiwan in the coming weeks.
- U.S. congresswoman seeks support for Taiwan arms sales CNA 24 Jul 2008 -- A senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a drive Wednesday in support of arms sales to Taiwan, amid concerns over a freeze by the administration of President George W. Bush on the sales.
- Former pentagon official optimistic about U.S. arms sales to Taiwan CNA 23 Jul 2008 -- Paul Wolfowitz, former United States deputy secretary of defense, appeared optimistic Tuesday in Taipei regarding U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, saying that the Bush administration will push a weapons package forward and that the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council will continue to support the deal.
- Taiwan new reppresentative to U.S. downplays arms sale issue CNA 22 Jul 2008 -- Taiwan's new representative to the United States, Jason Yuan, said Tuesday that he was not aware of any U.S. government decision to freeze major arms sales to Taiwan, adding that his top mission is to amend Taiwan-US relations.
- Use of dummy guard part of overall security: defense official CNA 22 Jul 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) defended Tuesday its use of a dummy guard at a military barrack in Taoyuan County, saying it was part of an overall security arrangement to protect the facility.
- Taiwan will not negotiate with China under military threat: Ma CNA 20 Jul 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said in an interview with the U.S. cable TV channel CNN broadcast Saturday that the top goal of his presidency is to pursue peace with China, but stressed that Taiwan cannot negotiate with Beijing under threat of attack from its missiles.
- Cabinet to decide on IDF upgrade project next month: MND CNA 19 Jul 2008 -- The Executive Yuan has yet to decide on a project aimed at upgrading Taiwan-made indigenous defense fighters (IDFs) , a Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokeswoman said Saturday.
- No change in Taiwan arms sale policy: U.S. State Department CNA 18 Jul 2008 -- The U.S. Department of State reiterated Friday the United States has not changed its policy on arms sales to Taiwan, after recent delays in screening a number of pending weapons sales raised concerns that Washington might have suspended the process.
- Watchdog body urged to probe controversial arms company formation CNA 18 Jul 2008 -- Legislator Lin Yu-fang of the ruling Kuomintng (KMT) called on the Control Yuan Friday to investigate suspected irregularities surrounding the formation of the disbanded private arms firm "Taiwan Goal" with investment from various government agencies.
- Taiwan expects U.S. arms sales to Taiwan to proceed as planned CNA 17 Jul 2008 -- The Presidential Office reiterated Thursday Taiwan's desire to procure defensive arms from the United States.
- Two pilots in army chopper crash die CNA 16 Jul 2008 -- Two pilots aboard an army helicopter that crash-landed in northern Taiwan's Taoyuan County Wednesday morning died at a military hospital in the evening, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a press statement.
- Stance on arms purchase remains the same: Presidential Office CNA 14 Jul 2008 -- Taiwan's government has never wavered in its desire to procure defensive arms from the United States, Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Monday.
- Taiwan's U.N. bid will be flexible: diplomatic official CNA 13 Jul 2008 -- Taiwan's new administration will be more pragmatic and flexible in pushing forward with the nation's bid to join the United Nations, a senior diplomatic official said Sunday.
- Taiwan mulling new tack for U.N. bid: president CNA 12 Jul 2008 -- Taipei is mulling a new tack for its bid to join the United Nations, in line with the changing situation, President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday.
- Energy-saving measures won't affect Han Kuang exercises: MND CNA 08 Jul 2008 -- The military's energy saving measures will not affect the annual Han Kuang exercises, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Tuesday.
- U.S. senators concerned about freeze on arms sales to Taiwan CNA 08 Jul 2008 -- A group of U.S. senators have written to President George W. Bush to express their concerns about reports of a possible freeze on all arms sales to Taiwan.
- Military fully grasps cross-strait situation: MND CNA 03 Jul 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has fully grasped the cross-Taiwan Strait situation as historic direct cross-strait weekend charter flights are set to begin, Vice Defense Minister Lin Chen-yi said Thursday.
- President vows no illegal eavesdropping CNA 03 Jul 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that neither government agencies nor private companies in Taiwan should engage in illegal eavesdropping.
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