Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
August 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- President Ma optimistic about U.S. arms sales to Taiwan CNA 30 Aug 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou expressed optimism for the first time Saturday about the possibility of the United States giving the green light for the sale of a package of weapon systems to Taiwan.
- Defense budget for 2009 lower than this year: MND CNA 29 Aug 2008 -- A total of NT$315.2 billion (US$10.17 billion) will be allocated as the defense budget for 2009, NT$10.4 billion lower than the 2008 level, according to a national defense budget plan published Friday.
- ROC Air Force increases mission capable rate of Mirage 2000-5s CNA 29 Aug 2008 -- Taiwan's Air Force has significantly raised the combat readiness of its Mirage 2000-5 jet fighters, with the average mission capable rate rising to nearly 70 percent from last year's 54 percent, an Air Force general said Friday.
- President reiterates `diplomatic truce' with China idea CNA 28 Aug 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated Thursday his hope that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can stop competing to lure each other's allies with offers of cash aid -- so-called "checkbook diplomacy."
- Taiwan has no information on U.S. Harpoon missile sales: MND CNA 28 Aug 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has not received any information on the possible sale of Harpoon Air-Launch missiles by the United States to Taiwan, military spokeswoman Lisa Chi said Thursday.
- The U.S. has no presumptions about Taiwan's international participation : MOFA CNA 28 Aug 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday that the United States never had any preordination regarding Taiwan's participation in international organizations, rebutting media reports that the U.S. hoped that Taiwan, in its talks with Beijing, will not give any impression that China has sovereignty over Taiwan nor that China should be the one to have the final say.
- Cross-strait talks to touch on exchange of rep offices: SEF head CNA 26 Aug 2008 -- A new round of negotiations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait slated for this autumn will discuss issues regarding an exchange of visa-issuing offices, Taiwan's top negotiator with China said in Tokyo Tuesday.
- National security top priority in Kinmen-Xiamen bridge plan: MND CNA 26 Aug 2008 -- National security should be top concerns in evaluating the feasibility of constructing a bridge connecting the Taiwan-controlled island of Kinmen and the nearby Chinese city of Xiamen, despite increasing exchanges between the two sides, Defense Minister Chen Chao-min said Tuesday.
- Ex-president's son, daughter-in-law barred from leaving Taiwan CNA 25 Aug 2008 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian's son and daughter-in-law have been barred from leaving Taiwan pending investigations into their roles in a suspected money laundering case embroiling the former first family, prosecutors said Monday.
- President reiterates need for U.S. arms deal to visiting delegation CNA 11 Aug 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated Taiwan's firm desire to buy defensive weapons from the United States.
- Taiwanese Americans urge U.S. to 'unfreeze' Taiwan arms sales CNA 6 Aug 2008 -- 19 Taiwanese-American groups have written to U.S. President George W. Bush urging him to "unfreeze" arms sales to Taiwan.
- Mirage readiness rate higher than standard: MND CNA 02 Aug 2008 -- The readiness rate of Mirage jet fighters has consistently stood above the standard set by the Ministry of National Defense (MND), the military said Saturday.
- Taiwan expects progress in U.S. arms procurement in September CNA 02 Aug 2008 -- Taiwan hopes the United States will make progress in pushing through its arms procurement requests in September, following the conclusion of the Beijing Olympic Games later this month, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng said in the United States Friday.
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