Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
September 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- U.S. credibility to be at stake if arms sales fail: minister CNA 30 Sep 2008 -- The US could see its credibility among Taiwanese at stake if it fails to approve a pending Taiwan arms procurement package.
- MND cautiously optimistic about U.S. arms package CNA 30 Sep 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense is still holding out hope that the United States will agree to sell a package of weapons systems to Taiwan.
- Taiwan resolved to procure weapons systems from U.S.: KMT CNA 28 Sep 2008 -- Taiwan's plans to procure weapons systems from the United States remain unchanged, as the nation is resolved to defend itself militarily.
- Soldiers take bullet train to expedite military drill mission CNA 22 Sep 2008 -- Members of an Army brigade took high-speed rail to a military drill, testing alternative means of transportation if a real war erupts.
- Troop reduction number undecided: defense minister CNA 22 Sep 2008 -- Military is planning to cut the number of troops by roughly 70,000, although the exact number will be determined only after further calculations.
- Troops reduction number remains open to discussion: Ma CNA 19 Sep 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou: Number of troops to be cut open to discuss as the main goal of trimming to establish an elite deterrent force.
- Taiwan awaits U.S. decision on arms procurement requests CNA 18 Sep 2008 -- Taiwan submitted its military procurement plans and it is now up to the Bush administration to decide what it will do about Taiwan's requests.
- MOFA keeps close watch on Taiwan's U.N. bid CNA 16 Sep 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday it is lobbying hard for Taiwan's bid to gain meaningful participation in United Nations agencies, which could be determined as early as Wednesday by the U.N. General Committee.
- Taiwan's plan to buy fighters still not accepted by U.S. CNA 15 Sep 2008 -- The government's request to purchase F16C/D jet fighters from the United States has still not been accepted by Washington, a ranking official in the Presidential Office said Monday after receiving an update on Washington's position.
- China's efforts to suppress Taiwan on the decline CNA 13 Sep 2008 -- China seems to have relented in its ongoing diplomatic campaign to pressure Taiwan in the international arena, as fewer examples of such behavior were reported to the foreign ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.
- No cooling down in U.S.-Taiwan ties: KMT lawmaker CNA 12 Sep 2008 -- An ongoing visit to Taiwan by a delegation of military officers from the Luke Air Force Base in the United States indicates that bilateral relations are not cooling down, a ruling Kuomintang (KMT) lawamker said Friday.
- Taiwan urges U.S. to review 'outdated' guidelines CNA 12 Sep 2008 -- Taiwan's representative to the United States renewed Thursday a proposal for the U.S. government to review its guidelines on relations with Taiwan, which set various restrictions on the unofficial interactions between Washington and Taipei.
- New round of cross-strait talks will take place by year-end: MAC CNA 09 Sep 2008 -- A new round of cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations will be held before the end of this year, with both sides expected to reach consensus on all the issues up for discussion in the coming talks, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan said Tuesday.
- China not showing good will on Taiwan's U.N. bid: MOFA CNA 09 Sep 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday that it has not detected good will from China in response to Taiwan's more moderate proposal for participation in the United Nations, but acknowledged that China has toned down its wording in a recent letter sent to the U.N. secretary-general.
- Taiwan, China in 'special relations': president CNA 03 Sep 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has defined the ties between Taiwan and China as a type of "special relations," ruling out the possibility that they could be links "between two states."
- Cross-strait relations not 'state-to-state:' Presidential Office CNA 03 Sep 2008 -- The Republic of China Constitution defines the two sides of the Taiwan Strait separately as the "free area" and the "Chinese mainland area" -- namely the Taiwan area and the mainland -- therefore, no "state-to-state" links exist between Taiwan and China, Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Wednesday.
- President says national defense building should not be relaxed CNA 02 Sep 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the government does not think the building of national defense should be relaxed, as the country must be well prepared for war although it does not want to provoke one.
- No first strike against China: spokesman CNA 01 Sep 2008 -- Taiwan will not initiate an attack on China, a presidential spokesman said Monday, following a report that the government had decided not to upgrade its cruise missiles to make them capable of reaching China.
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